|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
He was trying to discover whether he was beloved, by the effort any
confession would cost his haughty mistress; she every minute hoped
that he would break a too respectful silence.
Emilie, seated on a rustic bench, was reflecting on all that had
happened in these three months full of enchantment. Her father's
suspicions were the last that could appeal to her; she even disposed
of them at once by two or three of those reflections natural to an
inexperienced girl, which, to her, seemed conclusive. Above all, she
was convinced that it was impossible that she should deceive herself.
All the summer through she had not been able to detect in Maximilien a
single gesture, or a single word, which could indicate a vulgar origin
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Helen - I - we "- Barbara stumbled in her speech. "We have taken
an aversion to Dr. Stone."
McIntyre set down his coffee cup with unwonted force, thereby
spilling some of its contents.
"What!" he exclaimed in complete astonishment, and regarded her
fixedly for a moment. His tolerant manner, which he frequently
assumed toward Barbara, grew stern. "Dr. Stone is my personal
friend, as well as our family physician -"
"And a cousin of Margaret Brewster," put in Barbara mildly.
"Well, what of it?" trenchantly, aware that he had colored at
mention of the widow's name. "Nothing," Barbara's eyes opened
The Red Seal
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Gentle Grafter by O. Henry:
goes on, 'but I'm awfully busy, and I know you'll excuse me. I've got
an Ambassadorship, two Consulates and a dozen other minor applications
to look after. I can hardly find time to sleep at all. You'll give my
compliments to Mr. Humble when you get home, of course.'
"Well, I handed her the $500, which she pitched into her desk drawer
without counting. I put Bill's appointment in my pocket and me and
Andy made our adieus.
"We started back for the Territory the same day. We wired Bill: 'Job
landed; get the tall glasses ready,' and we felt pretty good.
"Andy joshed me all the way about how little I knew about women.
"'All right,' says I. 'I'll admit that she surprised me. But it's the