|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
peplum. As she twisted and turned a few leaves, to give capricious
diversity to their arrangement, she examined her whole costume in a
mirror to judge of its general effect.
"I am horrible to-night," she said, as though she were surrounded by
flatterers. "I look like a statue of Liberty."
She placed the dagger carefully in her bosom leaving the rubies in the
hilt exposed, their ruddy reflections attracting the eye to the hidden
beauties of her shape. Francine could not bring herself to leave her
mistress. When Marie was ready she made various pretexts to follow
her. She must help her to take off her mantle, and the overshoes which
the mud and muck in the streets compelled her to wear (though the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
have some news that will throw light on the present whereabouts of
the securities. I found, on making inquiries, that they have not
been offered for sale in the usual channels. Come, McIntyre, I
have a directors' meeting in twenty minutes."
McIntyre, who had been swinging his walking stick from one hand to
the other in marked impatience, turned to Kent, his manner more
"Pleasant quarters you have," he remarked. "Does Rochester share
his room with you?"
"No, Colonel, his is across the ante-room where you waited a few
minutes ago," explained Kent as he accompanied his visitors to the
The Red Seal
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
towards the park. 'Take the advice of an older man, young sir, and
be careful. Make what sport you will with such, but never believe
them and never marry them--lest you should live to desire to kill
Here I made as though I would pass on, but he spoke again.
'Pardon my words, they were well meant, and perhaps you may come to
learn their truth. I will detain you no more. Will you graciously
direct me on my road to Yarmouth, for I am not sure of it, having
ridden by another way, and your English country is so full of trees
that a man cannot see a mile?'
I walked a dozen paces down the bridle-path that joined the road at