|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Roads of Destiny by O. Henry:
hand. "Come with me," he said, and led him inside the great hall. Then
he tore open the letter and read it. He beckoned to a man uniformed as
an officer of musketeers, who was passing. "Captain Tetreau, you will
have the guards at the south entrance and the south gate arrested and
confined. Place men known to be loyal in their places." To David he
said: "Come with me."
He conducted him through a corridor and an anteroom into a spacious
chamber, where a melancholy man, sombrely dressed, sat brooding in a
great, leather-covered chair. To that man he said:
"Sire, I have told you that the palace is as full of traitors and
spies as a sewer is of rats. You have thought, sire, that it was my
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
King's jester? Oh, Saints, what punishment for my King!" and
smites his hands together.
'"Go - go fight it out in the dark," says Rahere, "and thy
Saxon Saints reward thee for thy pity to my fool." He pushed him
from the pavilion, and Hugh lurched away like one drunk.'
'But why?' said Una. 'I don't understand.'
'Ah, why indeed? Live you long enough, maiden, and you shall
know the meaning of many whys.' Sir Richard smiled. 'I wondered
too, but it was my duty to wait on the King at the High
Table in all that glitter and stir.
'He spoke me his thanks for the sport I had helped show him,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Cousin Pons by Honore de Balzac:
Schmucke has been tired out this month past! he is tied by the leg, he
can go nowhere, he cannot give lessons nor take his place at the
theatre. Do you really see nothing? He sits up with you at night, and
I take the nursing in the day. If I were to sit up at night with you,
as I tried to do at first when I thought you were so poor, I should
have to sleep all day. And who would see to the house and look out for
squalls! Illness is illness, it cannot be helped, and here are you--"
"This was not Schmucke's idea, it is quite impossible--"
"That means that it was /I/ who took it into my head to do it, does
it? Do you think that we are made of iron? Why, if M. Schmucke had
given seven or eight lessons every day and conducted the orchestra