|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Adieu by Honore de Balzac:
"Pooh! that or the cold, that or the cannon," said the grenadier,
prodding the horses, and urging them on.
A catastrophe, which might well have happened to them much sooner, put
a stop to their advance. The carriage was overturned.
"I expected it," cried the imperturbable grenadier. "Ho! ho! your man
"Poor Laurent!" said the major.
"Laurent? Was he in the 5th chasseurs?"
"Then he was my cousin. Oh, well, this dog's life isn't happy enough
to waste any joy in grieving for him."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
about it, that the picture of auld Sir Malise Ravenswood came
down on the ha' floor, and led out the brawl before them a'?"
"Na," said Ailsie; "but into the ha' came the picture--and I ken
weel how it came there--to gie them a warning that pride wad get
a fa'. But there's as queer a ploy, cummers, as ony o' thae,
that's gaun on even now in the burial vault yonder: ye saw twall
mourners, wi' crape and cloak, gang down the steps pair and
"What should ail us to see them?" said the one old woman.
"I counted them," said the other, with the eagerness of a person
to whom the spectacle had afforded too much interest to be
The Bride of Lammermoor
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
"Shalt urge me no excuses, or we'll quarrel. Come," and he moved on,
dragging Richard with him.
A few steps Richard took unwillingly under the other's soft compulsion;
then, having given the matter thought - he was always one to take the
line of least resistance - he assured himself that his sentryship was
entirely superfluous; the matter of Blake's affair was an entire secret,
shared only by those who had a hand in it. Blake was quite safe from
all surprises; Trenchard was insistent and it was difficult to deny
him; and the sack at the White Cow was no doubt the best in Somerset.
He gave himself up to the inevitable and fell into step alongside his
companion who babbled aimlessly of trivial matters. Trenchard felt the