|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Melmoth Reconciled by Honore de Balzac:
Aquilina, one of the characters in Venice Preserved which she had
chanced to read. She fancied that she resembled the courtesan in face
and general appearance, and in a certain precocity of heart and brain
of which she was conscious. When Castanier found that her life was as
well regulated and virtuous as was possible for a social outlaw, he
manifested a desire that they should live as husband and wife. So she
took the name of Mme. de la Garde, in order to approach, as closely as
Parisian usages permit, the conditions of a real marriage. As a matter
of fact, many of these unfortunate girls have one fixed idea, to be
looked upon as respectable middle-class women, who lead humdrum lives
of faithfulness to their husbands; women who would make excellent
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
Having all day caroused and banqueted:
Embrace we then this opportunity,
As fitting best to quittance their deceit
Contriv'd by art and baleful sorcery.
Coward of France, how much he wrongs his fame,
Despairing of his own arm's fortitude,
To join with witches and the help of hell!
Traitors have never other company.
But what 's that Pucelle whom they term so pure?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
A half-hour later he dragged himself wearily up the avenue between the
elms - looking white as snow in the pale July dawn - to the clearing in
front of his house.
Desertion was stamped upon the face of it. Shattered windows and
hanging shutters everywhere. How wantonly they had wrecked it! It
might have been a church, and the militia a regiment of Cromwell's
iconoclastic Puritans. The door was locked, but going round he found
a window - one of the door - windows of his library hanging loose upon
its hinges. He pushed it wide, and entered with a heavy heart.
Instantly something stirred in a corner; a fierce growl was followed by
a furious bark, and a lithe brown body leapt from the greater into the