|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Last War: A World Set Free by H. G. Wells:
to-day, because it will interest you--we have our copy of the
encyclopaedic index--every week sheets are taken out and replaced
by fresh sheets with new results that are brought to us by the
aeroplanes of the Research Department. It is an index of
knowledge that grows continually, an index that becomes
continually truer. There was never anything like it before.'
'When I came into the education committee,' said Karenin, 'that
index of human knowledge seemed an impossible thing. Research had
produced a chaotic mountain of results, in a hundred languages
and a thousand different types of publication. . . .' He smiled
at his memories. 'How we groaned at the job!'
The Last War: A World Set Free
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:
only home she knew--and spent the night shivering with cold,
burning with fever.
From Wednesday morning till Friday evening, with the exception of
the few apples she had bought, and a quarter of a loaf of hard
bread that she found in a greasy newspaper--scraps of a workman's
dinner--Mrs. Hooven had nothing to eat. In her weakened
condition, begging became hourly more difficult, and such little
money as was given her, she resolutely spent on Hilda's bread and
milk in the morning and evening.
By Friday afternoon, she was very weak, indeed. Her eyes
troubled her. She could no longer see distinctly, and at times
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Firm of Nucingen by Honore de Balzac:
twenty-four with nincompoops of the first water, I saw queer
characters enough to convince myself that all is not dead-level even
in obscure places, and that in the flattest inanity you may chance
upon an angle. Yes, dear boy, such and such a philistine is to such
another as Raphael is to Natoire.
"Mme. Desroches, the widowed mother, had long ago planned this
marriage for her son, in spite of a tremendous obstacle which took the
shape of one Cochin, Matifat's partner's son, a young clerk in the
adult department. M. and Mme. Matifat were of the opinion that an
attorney's position 'gave some guarantee for a wife's happiness,' to
use their own expression; and as for Desroches, he was prepared to