|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Atheist's Mass by Honore de Balzac:
might have loved his wife. He was an ardent Catholic, but never
said a word to me about my want of religion. When he was dying he
entreated me to spare no expense that he might have every
possible benefit of clergy. I had a mass said for him every day.
Often, in the night, he would tell me of his fears as to his
future fate; he feared his life had not been saintly enough. Poor
man! he was at work from morning till night. For whom, then, is
Paradise--if there be a Paradise? He received the last sacrament
like the saint that he was, and his death was worthy of his life.
"I alone followed him to the grave. When I had laid my only
benefactor to rest, I looked about to see how I could pay my debt
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
light taps given and taken, these also increasing in force
until finally the blood was up and fists going at their best.
But Haywood did not know Fishampton's rules.
Noblesse oblige kept a faint smile on his face as he walked
slowly up to "Smoky" and said:
"Going to play ball?"
"Smoky" quickly understood this to be a putting
of the previous question, giving him the chance to make
practical apology by answering it with civility and
"Listen this time,' said he. "I'm goin' skatin' on
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Paradise Lost by John Milton:
If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
In secret, riding through the air she comes,
Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
Eclipses at their charms. The other Shape--
If shape it might be called that shape had none