|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
warned Jean Valjean in a dim way of the presence of Marius.
Jean Valjean shuddered to the very bottom of his soul. Jean Valjean
saw nothing, knew nothing, and yet he scanned with obstinate attention,
the darkness in which he walked, as though he felt on one side of him
something in process of construction, and on the other, something which
was crumbling away. Marius, also warned, and, in accordance with
the deep law of God, by that same Mother Nature, did all he could
to keep out of sight of "the father." Nevertheless, it came to pass
that Jean Valjean sometimes espied him. Marius' manners were no
longer in the least natural. He exhibited ambiguous prudence and
awkward daring. He no longer came quite close to them as formerly.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
of the Maison Vauquer? He had trampled on his conscience; he knew
that he was doing wrong, and did it deliberately; he had said to
himself that a woman's happiness should atone for this venial
sin. The energy of desperation had lent new beauty to his face;
the lurid fire that burned in his heart shone from his eyes.
Luckily for him, the miracle took place. Vautrin came in in high
spirits, and at once read the hearts of these two young creatures
whom he had brought together by the combinations of his infernal
genius, but his deep voice broke in upon their bliss.
"A charming girl is my Fanchette
In her simplicity,"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells:
apples and ginger beer.
Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a
group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and
a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent,
the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades
and pickaxes. Stent was giving directions in a clear, high-
pitched voice. He was standing on the cylinder, which was
now evidently much cooler; his face was crimson and stream-
ing with perspiration, and something seemed to have irritated
A large portion of the cylinder had been uncovered,
War of the Worlds