|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Street of Seven Stars by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
Gates, worn with a thousand sleepless nights, a thousand
thankless days, withered before her time with the struggling
routine of medical practice, sapped with endless calls for
sympathy and aid, existence ceased to be spiritual and became
Life and birth and death had lost their mysteries. The veil was
To fit this existence of hers she had built herself a curious
creed, a philosophy of individualism, from behind which she flung
strange bombshells of theories, shafts of distorted moralities,
personal liberties, irresponsibilities, a supreme scorn for
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
This was said with a tone, an audacity, and a look which showed
Monsieur de Granville, that against such an adversary the least
blunder was dangerous.
"And is that all you ask?" said the magistrate.
"I will speak for myself now," said Jacques. "The honor of the
Grandlieu family is to pay for the commutation of Theodore's sentence.
It is giving much to get very little. For what is a convict in penal
servitude for life? If he escapes, you can so easily settle the score.
It is drawing a bill on the guillotine! Only, as he was consigned to
Rochefort with no amiable intentions, you must promise me that he
shall be quartered at Toulon, and well treated there.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
Fromentin Bros. was entangled in the thing. Egyptian bonds,
minor Levantine loans, discounts in the Arabian and Persian
trades--these had been specialties of the Fromentins for
many years. Who could have expected to find them caught among
the "shorts" in Mexican rubber? It was Mexico, wasn't it,
that these Rubber Consols purported to be connected with?
Thorpe's Company, upon its commercial merits, had not been
considered at all by the gentlemen of the Stock Exchange,
at the time of its flotation. Men vaguely and with
difficulty recalled the fact of its prospectus,
when the "corner" in its shares was first talked about.