|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
was not so bewildered in his own hurried reflections but that he
remarked, that the deadly paleness which had occupied her neck
and temples, and such of her features as the riding-mask left
exposed, gave place to a deep and rosy suffusion; and he felt
with embarrassment that a flush was by tacit sympathy excited in
his own cheeks. The stranger, with watchfulness which he
disguised under apprehensions of the safety of his daughter,
continued to observe the expression of the Master's countenance
as they ascended the hill to Wolf's Crag. When they stood in
front of that ancient fortress, Ravenswood's emotions were of a
very complicated description; and as he led the way into the rude
The Bride of Lammermoor
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
his weather-beaten face, his beard of Father Nep-
tune, he resembled a deposed sea-god who had ex-
changed the trident for the spade.
"And he must look upon you as already pro-
vided for, in a manner. That's the best of it with
the girls. The husbands . . ." He winked. Miss
Bessie, absorbed in her knitting, coloured faintly.
"Bessie! my hat!" old Carvil bellowed out sud-
denly. He had been sitting under the tree mute
and motionless, like an idol of some remarkably
monstrous superstition. He never opened his
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
Mlle. Michonneau; "am I to have the two thousand francs all the
"What will you give me then?"
"Five hundred francs."
"It is such a thing to do for so little! It lies on your
conscience just the same, and I must quiet my conscience, sir."
"I assure you," said Poiret, "that mademoiselle has a great deal
of conscience, and not only so, she is a very amiable person, and
"Well, now," Mlle. Michonneau went on, "make it three thousand