|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
THENARDIER AND HIS MANOEUVRES
On the following morning, two hours at least before day-break, Thenardier,
seated beside a candle in the public room of the tavern, pen in hand,
was making out the bill for the traveller with the yellow coat.
His wife, standing beside him, and half bent over him, was following
him with her eyes. They exchanged not a word. On the one hand,
there was profound meditation, on the other, the religious
admiration with which one watches the birth and development
of a marvel of the human mind. A noise was audible in the house;
it was the Lark sweeping the stairs.
After the lapse of a good quarter of an hour, and some erasures,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
I am sure there is not another edifice in England with so many
creaking boards. They shrieked beneath me at every step. At the
top of the stairs I put down the luggage and listened carefully.
As yet there were no lights burning, and it was more than dusk in
the hall below. I wiped the sweat off my forehead, and began the
descent. At the bottom I ran into the footman. He was very nice
about it, though I am certain the dressing-case bruised his shin.
"Excuse me, sir," he said, and switched on the light.
And with the light came the brain-wave.
The Brother of Daphne
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
(a kind of flower which she was always noted for wearing), and
got into her car drawn by a pair of winged dragons, and was
just ready to set off.
"Dear mother," said Proserpina, "I shall be very lonely while
you are away. May I not run down to the shore, and ask some of
the sea nymphs to come up out of the waves and play with me?"
"Yes, child," answered Mother Ceres. "The sea nymphs are good
creatures, and will never lead you into any harm. But you must
take care not to stray away from them, nor go wandering about
the fields by yourself. Young girls, without their mothers to
take care of them, are very apt to get into mischief."