|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes:
to shake the same bough again, and see if the ripe fruit were
better or worse than the early windfalls.
So began this series of papers, which naturally brings those
earlier attempts to my own notice and that of some few friends who
were idle enough to read them at the time of their publication.
The man is father to the boy that was, and I am my own son, as it
seems to me, in those papers of the New England Magazine. If I
find it hard to pardon the boy's faults, others would find it
harder. They will not, therefore, be reprinted here, nor as I
But a sentence or two from them will perhaps bear reproducing, and
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
this sort of sister?"
"Certainly she has a name. She is Mlle. Aline de Kercadiou, the
niece of Quintin de Kercadiou, Lord of Gavrillac."
"Oho! That's a sufficiently fine name for your sort of sister.
What sort of sister, my friend?"
For the first time in their relationship he observed and deplored
the taint of vulgarity, of shrewishness, in her manner.
"It would have been more accurate in me to have said a sort of
reputed left-handed cousin."
"A reputed left-handed cousin! And what sort of relationship may
that be? Faith, you dazzle me with your lucidity."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Love and Friendship by Jane Austen:
subject. I cannot bear it."
"Oh! how I admire the sweet sensibility of your Soul, and as I
would not for Worlds wound it too deeply, I will be silent."
"Pray go on." said I. She did so.
"And then added he, Ah! Cousin imagine what my transports will
be when I feel the dear precious drops trickle on my face! Who
would not die to haste such extacy! And when I am interred, may
the divine Henrietta bless some happier Youth with her affection,
May he be as tenderly attached to her as the hapless Musgrove and
while HE crumbles to dust, May they live an example of Felicity
in the Conjugal state!"
Love and Friendship