|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton:
dingy stairs; but immediately reflected that, if it were the
kind that she could bear to read, it probably wouldn't bring him
in much more than his encyclopaedia. Miss Branch had her
standards in literature ....
The apartment to which Mr. Lansing admitted her was a good deal
cleaner, but hardly less dingy, than his staircase. Susy,
knowing him to be addicted to Oriental archaeology, had pictured
him in a bare room adorned by a single Chinese bronze of
flawless shape, or by some precious fragment of Asiatic pottery.
But such redeeming features were conspicuously absent, and no
attempt had been made to disguise the decent indigence of the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
they chose; the amount of time that they lingered being
determined by the amount of interest that the conversation
possessed for them, or by the difficulty of the process of
digestion. In winter-time the room was seldom empty before eight
o'clock, when the four women had it all to themselves, and made
up for the silence previously imposed upon them by the
preponderating masculine element. This evening Vautrin had
noticed Eugene's abstractedness, and stayed in the room, though
he had seemed to be in a hurry to finish his dinner and go. All
through the talk afterwards he had kept out of the sight of the
law student, who quite believed that Vautrin had left the room.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie:
what you meant by what you said to me the other day? Did you mean
to warn me against Mrs. Vandemeyer? You did, didn't you?"
"My dear young lady, as far as I recollect I only mentioned that
there were equally good situations to be obtained elsewhere."
"Yes, I know. But it was a hint, wasn't it?"
"Well, perhaps it was," admitted Sir James gravely.
"Well, I want to know more. I want to know just WHY you gave me
Sir James smiled at her earnestness.
"Suppose the lady brings a libel action against me for defamation