|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Catherine de Medici by Honore de Balzac:
history of the famous Tuscan republic is Silvestro de' Medici,
/gonfaloniero/ in 1378. This Silvestro had two sons, Cosmo and Lorenzo
From Cosmo are descended Lorenzo the Magnificent, the Duc de Nemours,
the Duc d'Urbino, father of Catherine, Pope Leo X., Pope Clement VII.,
and Alessandro, not Duke of Florence, as historians call him, but Duke
/della citta di Penna/, a title given by Pope Clement VII., as a half-
way station to that of Grand-duke of Tuscany.
From Lorenzo are descended the Florentine Brutus Lorenzino, who killed
Alessandro, Cosmo, the first grand-duke, and all the sovereigns of
Tuscany till 1737, at which period the house became extinct.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
in the city. And nobody at all to consider."
"According to the prophet Martineau," said Miss Grammont.
"And then you and I must contrive to be born again. "
"Heighho!" cried Miss Grammont. "A thousand years ahead! When
fathers are civilized. When all these phanton people who
intervene on your side--no! I don't want to know anything
about them, but I know of them by instinct--when they also
"Then you and I can have things out with each other--
THOROUGHLY," said Sir Richmond, with a surprising ferocity in
his voice, charging the little hill before him as though he
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
promised to obey.
In a little time his breast was affected. 'Now,' said he,
'take the club and strike off my head.' She was afraid, but he told
her to muster courage. 'Strike,' said he, and a smile was on his face.
Mustering all her courage, she gave the blow and cut off the head.
'Now,' said the head, 'place me where I told you.'
And fearfully she obeyed it in all its commands.
Retaining its animation, it looked around the lodge as usual,
and it would command its sister to go in such places as it thought
would procure for her the flesh of different animals she needed.
One day the head said: 'The time is not distant when I shall be freed