|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:
A man may and ought to pride himself more on his will than on his
talent. Though Talent has its germ in a cultivated gift, Will means
the incessant conquest of his instincts, of proclivities subdued and
mortified, and difficulties of every kind heroically defeated. The
abuse of smoking encouraged Lousteau's indolence. Tobacco, which can
lull grief, inevitably numbs a man's energy.
Then, while the cigar deteriorated him physically, criticism as a
profession morally stultified a man so easily tempted by pleasure.
Criticism is as fatal to the critic as seeing two sides to a question
is to a pleader. In these professions the judgment is undermined, the
mind loses its lucid rectitude. The writer lives by taking sides.
The Muse of the Department
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe:
very neat and abundant wardrobe, to the forecastle, where it was
soon surrounded by various hands of the boat. With much laughing,
at the expense of niggers who tried to be gentlemen, the articles
very readily were sold to one and another, and the empty trunk
finally put up at auction. It was a good joke, they all thought,
especially to see how Tom looked after his things, as they were
going this way and that; and then the auction of the trunk, that
was funnier than all, and occasioned abundant witticisms.
This little affair being over, Simon sauntered up again to
"Now, Tom, I've relieved you of any extra baggage, you see.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
intended to run it herself. "Go into the lumber business myself,"
was the way she put it. Frank would never forget the horror of
that moment. Go into business for herself! It was unthinkable.
There were no women in business in Atlanta. In fact, Frank had
never heard of a woman in business anywhere. If women were so
unfortunate as to be compelled to make a little money to assist
their families in these hard times, they made it in quiet womanly
ways--baking as Mrs. Merriwether was doing, or painting china and
sewing and keeping boarders, like Mrs. Elsing and Fanny, or
teaching school like Mrs. Meade or giving music lessons like Mrs.
Bonnell. These ladies made money but they kept themselves at home
Gone With the Wind