|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Emma by Jane Austen:
It was well that he took every body's joy for granted, or he
might not have thought either Mr. Woodhouse or Mr. Knightley
particularly delighted. They were the first entitled,
after Mrs. Weston and Emma, to be made happy;--from them he would
have proceeded to Miss Fairfax, but she was so deep in conversation
with John Knightley, that it would have been too positive
an interruption; and finding himself close to Mrs. Elton, and
her attention disengaged, he necessarily began on the subject with her.
"I hope I shall soon have the pleasure of introducing my son to you,"
said Mr. Weston.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
looking for. She came in very slowly, looking like a moonbeam in
grey lace, and, to my intense delight, I was asked to take her in
to dinner. After we had sat down, I remarked quite innocently, "I
think I caught sight of you in Bond Street some time ago, Lady
Alroy." She grew very pale, and said to me in a low voice, "Pray
do not talk so loud; you may be overheard." I felt miserable at
having made such a bad beginning, and plunged recklessly into the
subject of the French plays. She spoke very little, always in the
same low musical voice, and seemed as if she was afraid of some one
listening. I fell passionately, stupidly in love, and the
indefinable atmosphere of mystery that surrounded her excited my
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
"That I comprehend perfectly," said Lady Bothwell dryly; "but you
do not mean to remain long at Helvoet, I presume, and I should
like to know what is your next object."
"You ask me, my dear lady," answered Sir Philip, "a question
which I have not dared to ask myself. The answer depends on the
fate of war. I shall, of course, go to headquarters, wherever
they may happen to be for the time; deliver my letters of
introduction; learn as much of the noble art of war as may
suffice a poor interloping amateur; and then take a glance at the
sort of thing of which we read so much in the Gazette."
"And I trust, Sir Philip," said Lady Bothwell, "that you will