|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Oakdale Affair by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
a short briar, Dopey Charlie inhaling deep draughts
from a cigarette, and both glaring through narrowed lids
at the boy warming himself beside the fire where the
others were attempting to draw him out the while they
strove desperately but unavailingly to keep their eyes
from the two bulging sidepockets of their guest's coat.
Soup Face, who had been assiduously communing
with a pint flask, leaned close to Columbus Blackie, plac-
ing his whiskers within an inch or so of the other's nose
as was his habit when addressing another, and whis-
pered, relative to the pearl necklace: "Not a cent less
The Oakdale Affair
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Two Brothers by Honore de Balzac:
Seeing her atrocious Benjamin so pale and woe-begone, the poor mother
knelt beside him, kissed his hands, pressed them to her heart, and
gazed at him for a long time with eyes swimming in tears.
"Philippe," she said, in a choking voice, "promise not to kill
yourself, and all shall be forgotten."
Philippe looked at his sorrowing brother and at Madame Descoings,
whose eyes were full of tears, and thought to himself, "They are good
creatures." Then he took his mother in his arms, raised her and put
her on his knee, pressed her to his heart and whispered as he kissed
her, "For the second time, you give me life."
The Descoings managed to serve an excellent dinner, and to add two
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Koran:
therewith, and their sides and their backs!- 'This is what ye stored
up for yourselves, taste then what ye stored up!'
Verily, the number of months with God is twelve months in God's
Book, on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; of these
are four that are sacred; that is the subsisting religion. Then do not
wrong yourselves therein, but fight the idolaters one and all, as they
fight you one and all, and know that God is with those who fear.
Verily, putting off is but an increase in misbelief to lead astray
therewith those who misbelieve. They make it lawful one year, but they
make it unlawful another year, that they may come to an
understanding as to the number which God has made sacred, and make