|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
traditionally live. He fulfilled his religious duties at Saint-
Sulpice, never went out but on business, and then after dark, and in a
hackney cab. His day was filled up with a siesta in the Spanish
fashion, which arranges for sleep between the two chief meals, and so
occupies the hours when Paris is in a busy turmoil. The Spanish cigar
also played its part, and consumed time as well as tobacco. Laziness
is a mask as gravity is, and that again is laziness.
Herrera lived on the second floor in one wing of the house, and Lucien
occupied the other wing. The two apartments were separated and joined
by a large reception room of antique magnificence, suitable equally to
the grave priest and to the young poet. The courtyard was gloomy;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Marriage Contract by Honore de Balzac:
mind, always, so to speak, in half-tints, was better appreciated than
The arrangement of his house and the restoration of the chateau de
Lanstrac, where he introduced the comfort and luxury of an English
country-house, absorbed the capital saved by the notary during the
preceding six years. Reduced now to his strict income of forty-odd
thousand a year, he thought himself wise and prudent in so regulating
his household as not to exceed it.
After publicly exhibiting his equipages, entertaining the most
distinguished young men of the place, and giving various hunting
parties on the estate at Lanstrac, Paul saw very plainly that
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Egmont by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
that is most precious in life is set upon the cast?
Secretary. Oh, my lord! you know not what you say! May Heaven protect
Egmont Collect your papers. Orange is coming. Dispatch what is most
urgent, that the couriers may set forth before the gates are closed. The rest
may wait. Leave the Count's letter till to-morrow. Fail not to visit Elvira,
and greet her from me. Inform yourself concerning the Regent's health.
She cannot be well, though she would fain conceal it.
Egmont. Welcome, Orange; you appear somewhat disturbed.