|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Across The Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson:
tobacco, and perhaps not pay a stiver for a year. A colour
merchant has next to be attracted. A certain vogue must be given
to the place, lest the painter, most gregarious of animals, should
find himself alone. And no sooner are these first difficulties
overcome, than fresh perils spring up upon the other side; and the
bourgeois and the tourist are knocking at the gate. This is the
crucial moment for the colony. If these intruders gain a footing,
they not only banish freedom and amenity; pretty soon, by means of
their long purses, they will have undone the education of the
innkeeper; prices will rise and credit shorten; and the poor
painter must fare farther on and find another hamlet. "Not here, O
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
the old feudal baron extremely well. Sir Frederick Langley was
placed on his right hand, and Mr. Mareschal of Mareschal-Wells on
his left. Some gentlemen of consideration, with their sons,
brothers, and nephews, were seated at the upper end of the table,
and among these Mr. Ratcliffe had his place. Beneath the salt-
cellar (a massive piece of plate which occupied the midst of the
table) sate the SINE NOMINE TURBA, men whose vanity was gratified
by holding even this subordinate space at the social board, while
the distinction observed in ranking them was a salve to the pride
of their superiors. That the lower house was not very select
must be admitted, since Willie of Westburnflat was one of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac:
trial!" cried Camille.
"And where did you ride?"
"In the Bois; we saw my mother."
"Did she stop?"
"We were riding so fast just then that I daresay she did not see us,"
replied the young Count.
"But, then, why did you not go to speak to her?"
"I fancy I have noticed, father, that she does not care that we should
speak to her in public," said Clement in an undertone. "We are a
little too big."
The judge's hearing was keen enough to catch these words, which