|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert:
as her husband had been promoted to a prefecture, they were leaving
that night, and she begged her to accept the bird as a remembrance and
a token of her esteem.
Since a long time the parrot had been on Felicite's mind, because he
came from America, which reminded her of Victor, and she had
approached the negro on the subject.
Once even, she had said:
"How glad Madame would be to have him!"
The man had repeated this remark to his mistress who, not being able
to keep the bird, took this means of getting rid of it.
A Simple Soul
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
and the fireflies were glimmering over the wheat.
"Marie," said Emil after they had walked
for a while, "I wonder if you know how un-
happy I am?"
Marie did not answer him. Her head, in its
white scarf, drooped forward a little.
Emil kicked a clod from the path and went
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde:
fall on us, and each man tied a veil of gauze before his eyes. As
we passed through the valleys the Pygmies shot arrows at us from
the hollows of the trees, and at night-time we heard the wild men
beating on their drums. When we came to the Tower of Apes we set
fruits before them, and they did not harm us. When we came to the
Tower of Serpents we gave them warm milk in howls of brass, and
they let us go by. Three times in our journey we came to the banks
of the Oxus. We crossed it on rafts of wood with great bladders of
blown hide. The river-horses raged against us and sought to slay
us. When the camels saw them they trembled.
'The kings of each city levied tolls on us, but would not suffer us