|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
had spoken of him as an ideal citizen and the logical candidate
the Governorship of the State; but upon the whole it seemed to
wiser to keep out of active politics. It would be easier and
put Harold into the running, to have him sent to the Legislature
the Dulwich district, then to the national House, then to the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
had returned to France to share in Granville's expedition, and was
taken prisoner. The letter was written from his cell, but it told her
to hope. He did not doubt his means of escape, and he named to her
three days, on one of which he expected to be with her in disguise.
But in case he did not reach Carentan by the third day, she might know
some fatal difficulty had occurred, and the letter contained his last
wishes and a sad farewell. The paper trembled in the old man's hand.
"This is the third day," cried the countess, rising and walking
hurriedly up and down.
"You have been very imprudent," said the merchant. "Why send Brigitte
to buy those provisions?"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Criminal Sociology by Enrico Ferri:
criminal activity, still it is more conducive to social order to
prevent or diminish this activity by means of an indirect and more
In the economic sphere, it has been observed that when a staple
product fails, recourse is had to less esteemed substitutes, in
order to supply the natural wants of mankind. So in the criminal
sphere, as we are convinced by experience that punishments are
almost devoid of deterrent effect, we must have recourse to the
best available substitutes for the purpose of social defence.
These methods of indirect defence I have called _penal
substitutes_. But whereas the food substitutes are as a rule only