|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
each quad as well as the faithful, and took equal freedom in haunting
He regarded the statesmen in their various types, men of firmer
movement and less dreamy air; the scholar, the speaker, the plodder;
the man whose mind grew with his growth in years, and the man whose
mind contracted with the same.
The scientists and philologists followed on in his mind-sight
in an odd impossible combination, men of meditative faces,
strained foreheads, and weak-eyed as bats with constant research;
then official characters--such men as governor-generals
and lord-lieutenants, in whom he took little interest;
Jude the Obscure
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Man of Business by Honore de Balzac:
to the man of fifty--"
"Antonia!" exclaimed La Palferine. "That Antonia whose fortune I made
by writing to ask for a toothbrush!"
"Her real name is Chocardelle," said Malaga, not over well pleased by
the fine-sounding pseudonym.
"The same," continued Desroches.
"It was the only mistake Maxime ever made in his life. But what would
you have, no vice is absolutely perfect?" put in Bixiou.
"Maxime had still to learn what sort of a life a man may be led into
by a girl of eighteen when she is minded to take a header from her
honest garret into a sumptuous carriage; it is a lesson that all
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
roof of canvas.
All the birds in the bush are early, but there are so many of them
that it is difficult to believe that every one can be rewarded with
a worm. Here in Canada those little people of the air who appear
as transient guests of spring and autumn in the Middle States, are
in their summer home and breeding-place. Warblers, named for the
magnolia and the myrtle, chestnut-sided, bay-breasted, blue-backed,
and black-throated, flutter and creep along the branches with
simple lisping music. Kinglets, ruby-crowned and golden-crowned,
tiny, brilliant sparks of life, twitter among the trees, breaking
occasionally into clearer, sweeter songs. Companies of redpolls