|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert:
passing over the grass.
The clergy appeared in the yard. Mother Simon climbed on a chair to
reach the bull's-eye, and in this manner could see the altar. It was
covered with a lace cloth and draped with green wreaths. In the middle
stood a little frame containing relics; at the corners were two little
orange-trees, and all along the edge were silver candlesticks,
porcelain vases containing sun-flowers, lilies, peonies, and tufts of
hydrangeas. This mount of bright colours descended diagonally from the
first floor to the carpet that covered the sidewalk. Rare objects
arrested one's eye. A golden sugar-bowl was crowned with violets,
earrings set with Alencon stones were displayed on green moss, and two
A Simple Soul
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
looking at Newman. He was a longer time thinking what to say
than one would have expected.
"If you can't render me the service I ask," said Newman,
"say it out!"
"Let me hear it again, distinctly," said Bellegarde.
"It's very important, you know. I shall plead your cause
with my sister, because you want--you want to marry her?
That's it, eh?"
"Oh, I don't say plead my cause, exactly; I shall try and do that myself.
But say a good word for me, now and then--let her know that you think
well of me."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence:
those children to see to. My word," she laughed, "I should look
well to leave them to you."
"Go," he cried thickly, lifting his fist. He was afraid
of her. "Go!"
"I should be only too glad. I should laugh, laugh, my lord,
if I could get away from you," she replied.
He came up to her, his red face, with its bloodshot eyes,
thrust forward, and gripped her arms. She cried in fear of him,
struggled to be free. Coming slightly to himself, panting, he pushed
her roughly to the outer door, and thrust her forth, slotting the
bolt behind her with a bang. Then he went back into the kitchen,
Sons and Lovers