|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
Mr. Brand kept gazing, over his hat. "She has always been a lucid,
limpid nature," he said, solemnly.
"She has always been a dormant nature. She was waiting for a touchstone.
But now she is beginning to awaken."
"Don't praise her to me!" said Mr. Brand, with a little quaver in his voice.
"If you have the advantage of me that is not generous."
"My dear sir, I am melting with generosity!" exclaimed Felix.
"And I am not praising my cousin. I am simply attempting a
scientific definition of her. She doesn't care for abstractions.
Now I think the contrary is what you have always fancied--
is the basis on which you have been building. She is extremely
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Aeneid by Virgil:
From all, and ev'n her sister, she conceal'd.
A marble temple stood within the grove,
Sacred to death, and to her murther'd love;
That honor'd chapel she had hung around
With snowy fleeces, and with garlands crown'd:
Oft, when she visited this lonely dome,
Strange voices issued from her husband's tomb;
She thought she heard him summon her away,
Invite her to his grave, and chide her stay.
Hourly 't is heard, when with a boding note
The solitary screech owl strains her throat,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne:
a moment, and of which she then breaks the mould.
Among other peculiarities, this curiosity gave himself out for
a sublime ignoramus, "like Shakespeare," and professed supreme
contempt for all scientific men. Those "fellows," as he called
them, "are only fit to mark the points, while we play the game."
He was, in fact, a thorough Bohemian, adventurous, but not an
adventurer; a hare-brained fellow, a kind of Icarus, only
possessing relays of wings. For the rest, he was ever in
scrapes, ending invariably by falling on his feet, like those
little figures which they sell for children's toys. In a few
words, his motto was "I have my opinions," and the love of the
From the Earth to the Moon