|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
of Valentin de Bellegarde.
"What in the world are you thinking of so hard?" asked Newman.
"A subject that requires hard thinking to do it justice," said Valentin.
"My immeasurable idiocy."
"What is the matter now?"
"The matter now is that I am a man again, and no more a fool than usual.
But I came within an inch of taking that girl au serieux."
"You mean the young lady below stairs, in a baignoire in a
pink dress?" said Newman.
"Did you notice what a brilliant kind of pink it was?"
Valentin inquired, by way of answer. "It makes her look
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Nada the Lily by H. Rider Haggard:
ill for once. Now let us search for pots and corn, of which we stand
in need, and then to the mountain before dawn finds us."
Thus, then, did the Wolf-Brethren bring death on the impi of Chaka,
and this was but the first of many deaths that they wrought with the
help of the wolves. For ever they ravened through the land at night,
and, falling on those they hated, they ate them up, till their name
and the name of the ghost-wolves became terrible in the ears of men,
and the land was swept clean. But they found that the wolves would not
go abroad to worry everywhere. Thus, on a certain night, they set out
to fall upon the kraals of the People of the Axe, where dwelt the
chief Jikiza, who was named the Unconquered, and owned the axe Groan-
Nada the Lily
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
'I am going on to look into this,' I said to Antoine. 'Come, my
man.' He shrugged his shoulders, and stood still.
'Not I!' be answered, with an oath. 'No soldiers for me I have
lain out one night, and I can lie out another.'
I nodded indifferently, for I no longer wanted him; and we
parted. After this, twenty minutes' riding brought me to the
entrance of the village, and here the change was great indeed.
Not one of the ordinary dwellers in the place was to be seen:
either they had shut themselves up in their hovels, or, like
Antoine, they had fled to the woods. Their doors were closed,