|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
with eyeballs which expanded like flowers to look at you; and then
crystal mountains supporting the sun behind lakes all covered with
dragons. Others had returned from India with peacocks, pepper, and new
textures. As to those who go by way of the Syrtes and the temple of
Ammon to purchase chalcedony, they had no doubt perished in the sands.
The caravans from Gaetulia and Phazzana had furnished their usual
supplies; but he, the Chief of the Journeys, did not venture to fit
one out just now.
Hamilcar understood; the Mercenaries were in occupation of the
country. He leaned upon his other elbow with a hollow groan; and the
Chief of Farms was so afraid to speak that he trembled horribly in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
man of many excellent qualities, and to me quite preferable to
any master I ever had.
But the kindness of the slavemaster only gilds the chain of
slavery, and detracts nothing from its weight or power. The
thought that men are made for other and better uses than slavery,
thrives best under the gentle treatment of a kind master. But
the grim visage of slavery can assume no smiles which can
fascinate the partially enlightened slave, into a forgetfulness
of his bondage, nor of the desirableness of liberty.
I was not through the first month of this, my second year with
the kind and gentlemanly Mr. Freeland, before I was earnestly
My Bondage and My Freedom
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
There were accidents to machinery, the liability of trains to run off the line,
collisions, bad weather, the blocking up by snow--were not all these against
Phileas Fogg? Would he not find himself, when travelling by steamer in winter,
at the mercy of the winds and fogs? Is it uncommon for the best ocean steamers
to be two or three days behind time? But a single delay would suffice to
fatally break the chain of communication; should Phileas Fogg once miss,
even by an hour; a steamer, he would have to wait for the next,
and that would irrevocably render his attempt vain.
This article made a great deal of noise, and, being copied into
all the papers, seriously depressed the advocates of the rash tourist.
Everybody knows that England is the world of betting men, who are
Around the World in 80 Days