|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
were ambitious, there was an end to the business. An old fan-maker
having remarked that such a prodigal would soon bring his wife to
beggary, father Guillaume prided himself /in petto/ for his prudence
in the matter of marriage settlements. In the evening, after a
splendid ball, followed by one of those substantial suppers of which
the memory is dying out in the present generation, Monsieur and Madame
Guillaume remained in a fine house belonging to them in the Rue du
Colombier, where the wedding had been held; Monsieur and Madame Lebas
returned in their fly to the old home in the Rue Saint-Denis, to steer
the good ship Cat and Racket. The artist, intoxicated with happiness,
carried off his beloved Augustine, and eagerly lifting her out of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan:
you could get it me by way of annuity?
SIR OLIVER. An annuity! ha! ha! a Footman raise money by annuity--
Well done Luxury egad! [Aside.]
MOSES. Who would you get to join with you?
TRIP. You know my Lord Applice--you have seen him however----
TRIP. You must have observed what an appearance he makes--nobody
dresses better, nobody throws off faster--very well this Gentleman
will stand my security.
MOSES. Well--but you must insure your Place.
TRIP. O with all my Heart--I'll insure my Place, and my Life too,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
"Heavens and earth, monseigneur! What? disguise myself as a Leaguer!
Excuse me, I will obey you; but I would rather be hanged."
The count smiled; then to efface that smile, which contrasted with the
expression of his face, he answered roughly:--
"Choose the strongest horse there is in the stable and follow me. We
shall ride like balls shot from an arquebuse. Be ready when I am
ready. I will ring to let you know."
Bertrand bowed in silence and went away; but when he had gone a few
steps he said to himself, as he listened to the howling of the