|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
once whether I may realize them."
"My faith, but that is prudent," said she, tartly.
It was his self-possession that exasperated her; for after that she
walked the short remainder of the way in silence, and so, for the
moment, the matter was left just there.
But that night, after they had supped, it chanced that when Climene
was about to retire, he and she were alone together in the room
abovestairs that her father kept exclusively for his company. The
Binet Troupe, you see, was rising in the world.
As Climene now rose to withdraw for the night, Scaramouche rose
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:
his fear was only momentary; and though he did not look the lawyer
in the face, he answered coolly enough: "That is my name. What do
"I see you are going in," returned the lawyer. "I am an old
friend of Dr. Jekyll's--Mr. Utterson of Gaunt Street--you must
have heard of my name; and meeting you so conveniently, I thought
you might admit me."
"You will not find Dr. Jekyll; he is from home," replied Mr.
Hyde, blowing in the key. And then suddenly, but still without
looking up, "How did you know me?" he asked.
"On your side," said Mr. Utterson "will you do me a favour?"
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
Pull to land, men, and put us out at this village; we will breakfast
here. I will go back to Lucerne to fetch all our luggage, and before
you leave you will know in which house I take a lodging, where you
will find me on your return."
"Here or at Lucerne," replied Leopold, "the difference is not so great
that I need hinder you from following your whim."
These two youths were friends in the truest sense of the word. They
were of the same age; they had learned at the same school; and after
studying the law, they were spending their holiday in the classical
tour in Switzerland. Leopold, by his father's determination, was
already pledged to a place in a notary's office in Paris. His spirit