|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
vassal's conduct. There is some nicety of feudal custom here
that escapes my comprehension.
In Yeddo, with this nondescript political status, and cut off
from any means of livelihood, he was joyfully supported by
those who sympathised with his design. One was Sakuma-
Shozan, hereditary retainer of one of the Shogun's
councillors, and from him he got more than money or than
money's worth. A steady, respectable man, with an eye to the
world's opinion, Sakuma was one of those who, if they cannot
do great deeds in their own person, have yet an ardour of
admiration for those who can, that recommends them to the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
In order to prevent during his lifetime the abduction of his hidden
treasure, he took the most cruel precautions against sleep; besides
which, his commercial relations put him in the way of obtaining
powerful anti-narcotics. His struggles to keep awake were awful--alone
with night, silence, Remorse, and Fear, with all the thoughts that
man, instinctively perhaps, has best embodied--obedient thus to a
moral truth as yet devoid of actual proof.
At last this man so powerful, this heart so hardened by political and
commercial life, this genius, obscure in history, succumbed to the
horrors of the torture he had himself created. Maddened by certain
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
pounds, placed to the credit of Miss Swancourt, which the
impractical girl had totally forgotten she carried with her.
Knight folded it as carefully as its moist condition would allow,
put it in his pocket, and followed Elfride.
'Should auld acquaintance be forgot?'
By this time Stephen Smith had stepped out upon the quay at Castle
Boterel, and breathed his native air.
A darker skin, a more pronounced moustache, and an incipient
beard, were the chief additions and changes noticeable in his
A Pair of Blue Eyes