|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Drama on the Seashore by Honore de Balzac:
"Haven't you a wife, or some good friend?"
He cast upon us one of the most lamentable glances that I ever saw as
"If I had a wife I must abandon my father; I could not feed him and a
wife and children too."
"Well, my poor lad, why don't you try to earn more at the salt
marshes, or by carrying the salt to the harbor?"
"Ah, monsieur, I couldn't do that work three months. I am not strong
enough, and if I died my father would have to beg. I am forced to take
a business which only needs a little knack and a great deal of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
It is not right for a man that God should give him a Book, and
judgment, and prophecy, and that then he should say to men, 'Be ye
servants of mine rather than of God;' but be ye rather masters of
teaching the Book and of what ye learn.
He does not bid you take the angels and the prophets for your lords;
shall He bid you misbelieve again when you are once resigned?
And when God took the compact from the prophets '(this is) surely
what we have given you of the Book and wisdom. Then shall come to
you the Apostle confirming what is with you. Ye must believe in him
and help him.' He said, moreover, 'Are ye resolved and have ye taken
my compact on that (condition) They say, 'We are resolved.' He said,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad:
been prepared for the sight of that husky old porpoise. The
object of his concise address was to call my attention to a rope
which he incontinently flung down for me to catch. I caught it,
though it was not really necessary, the ship having no way on her
by that time. Then everything went on very swiftly. The dinghy
came with a slight bump against the steamer's side; the pilot,
grabbing for the rope ladder, had scrambled half-way up before I
knew that our task of boarding was done; the harsh, muffled
clanging of the engine-room telegraph struck my ear through the
iron plate; my companion in the dinghy was urging me to "shove
off--push hard"; and when I bore against the smooth flank of the
A Personal Record