|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
his master had tied a cord securely to one of the short
bed-posts, and, after making a running noose and slipping it
round his neck, the unfortunate man must have resolutely fallen
forward, to die by slow strangulation. He was dressed in the
light suit in which the valet had seen him go out, and the
doctor who was summoned pronounced that life had been extinct
for more than four hours. All papers, letters, and so forth
seemed in perfect order, and nothing was discovered which
pointed in the most remote way to any scandal either great or
small. Here the evidence ended; nothing more could be
discovered. Several persons had been present at the
The Great God Pan
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Melmoth Reconciled by Honore de Balzac:
mine for you; we are quits. Is that love?"
"What is all this about?" said she. "Come, now, promise me that if I
had a lover you would still love me as a father; that would be love!
Come, now, promise it at once, and give us your fist upon it."
"I should kill you," and Castanier smiled as he spoke.
They sat down to the dinner table, and went thence to the Gymnase.
When the first part of the performance was over, it occurred to
Castanier to show himself to some of his acquaintances in the house,
so as to turn away any suspicion of his departure. He left Mme. de la
Garde in the corner box where she was seated, according to her modest
wont, and went to walk up and down in the lobby. He had not gone many
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
theatre so early. The boxes filled one after another. Only one
remained empty, the stage box. At the beginning of the third act
I heard the door of the box, on which my eyes had been almost
constantly fixed, open, and Marguerite appeared. She came to the
front at once, looked around the stalls, saw me, and thanked me
with a look.
That night she was marvellously beautiful. Was I the cause of
this coquetry? Did she love me enough to believe that the more
beautiful she looked the happier I should be? I did not know, but
if that had been her intention she certainly succeeded, for when
she appeared all heads turned, and the actor who was then on the