|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
rather than her displeasure; and if you find it likely to be raised by
your coming to us again, which I should think exceedingly
probable, stay quietly at home, and be satisfied that WE shall
take no offence."
"Believe me, my dear sir, my gratitude is warmly excited, by
such affectionate attention; and depend upon it, you will speedily
receive from me a letter of thanks for this, and for every other
mark of your regard during my stay in Hertfordshire. As for my
fair cousins, though my absence may not be long enough to
render it necessary, I shall now take the liberty of wishing them
health and happiness, not excepting my cousin Elizabeth."
Pride and Prejudice
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers by Jonathan Swift:
eyes, and cry out, betwixt rage and laughter, "They were sure no
man alive ever writ such damn'd stuff as this." Neither did I
ever hear that opinion disputed: So that Mr. Partridge lies under
a dilemma, either of disowning his almanack, or allowing himself
to be "no man alive". But now if an uninformed carcase walks
still about, and is pleased to call itself Partridge, Mr.
Bickerstaff does not think himself any way answerable for that.
Neither had the said carcase any right to beat the poor boy who
happen'd to pass by it in the street, crying, "A full and true
account of Dr. Partridge's death, etc."
Secondly, Mr. Partridge pretends to tell fortunes, and recover
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
been these twice ten tedious years, yet we no holiday have
Alcide Jolivet would have liked to strangle the honorable
correspondent of the Daily Telegraph.
He again interrupted the clerk, who, quite unmoved,
merely replied: "It is his right, sir, it is his right -- at ten
copecks a word."
And he telegraphed the following news, just brought
him by Blount: "Russian fugitives are escaping from the
town. 'Away went Gilpin -- who but he? His fame soon
spread around: He carries weight! he rides a race! 'Tis