|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Illustrious Gaudissart by Honore de Balzac:
has, in point of fact, launched his thousand or twelve hundred francs
into a gulf.
"Subscribers are fools who never can be brought to understand that to
go ahead in the intellectual world they must start with more money
than they need for the tour of Europe," say the speculators.
Consequently there is endless warfare between the recalcitrant public
which refuses to pay the Parisian imposts and the tax-gatherer who,
living by his receipt of custom, lards the public with new ideas,
turns it on the spit of lively projects, roasts it with prospectuses
(basting all the while with flattery), and finally gobbles it up with
some toothsome sauce in which it is caught and intoxicated like a fly
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
Forester required medical assistance. The physician of the
family attended, and shook his head on feeling her pulse.
"Here has been," he said, "a violent and sudden shock on the
nerves. I must know how it has happened."
Lady Bothwell admitted they had visited the conjurer, and that
Lady Forester had received some bad news respecting her husband,
"That rascally quack would make my fortune, were he to stay in
Edinburgh," said the graduate; "this is the seventh nervous case
I have heard of his making for me, and all by effect of terror."
He next examined the composing draught which Lady Bothwell had
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
High-Dutchman ever make foot, hand, and eye keep time half so
well as you, Bucklaw."
"I believe you lie, Craigie," said Bucklaw; "however, I can hold
my own, both with single rapier, backsword, sword and dagger,
broadsword, or case of falchions--and that's as much as any
gentleman need know of the matter."
"And the doublt of what ninety-nine out of a hundred know," said
Craigengelt; "they learn to chanage a few thrusts with the small
sword, and then, forsooth, they understand the noble art of
defence! Now, when I was at Rouen in the year 1695, there was a
Chevalier de Chapon and I went to the opera, where we found three
The Bride of Lammermoor