|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Elixir of Life by Honore de Balzac:
lead for other men was thin and translucent for him; the light-
footed, irresistible delights of youth danced beyond it like
It was on a beautiful summer evening that Don Juan felt the near
approach of death. The sky of Spain was serene and cloudless; the
air was full of the scent of orange-blossom; the stars shed
clear, pure gleams of light; nature without seemed to give the
dying man assurance of resurrection; a dutiful and obedient son
sat there watching him with loving and respectful eyes. Towards
eleven o'clock he desired to be left alone with this single-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
sulky, rebellious beggar - and the authorities took into their
heads that my influence over him wasn't good, you would find
yourself without a roof over your head - "
She cried: "What nonsense, father!" in a not very assured tone,
and discovered that he was angry, angry enough to achieve irony;
yes, old Nelson (or Nielsen), irony! Just a gleam of it.
"Oh, of course, if you have means of your own - a mansion, a
plantation that I know nothing of - " But he was not capable of
sustained irony. "I tell you they would bundle me out of here," he
whispered forcibly; "without compensation, of course. I know these
Dutch. And the lieutenant's just the fellow to start the trouble
'Twixt Land & Sea
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
rumpling it, and now she shook it out and tied
it round her waist with a conscious air. Marie
drew back and threw up her hands, exclaiming,
"Oh, what a beauty! I've never seen this one
before, have I, Mrs. Lee?"
The old woman giggled and ducked her head.
"No, yust las' night I ma-ake. See dis tread;
verra strong, no wa-ash out, no fade. My sis-
ter send from Sveden. I yust-a ta-ank you like