|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
"I shall be good-natured," said Madame de Bellegarde. "One must not
ask too much of a gentleman who is in love with a cloistered nun.
Besides, I can't go to Bullier's while we are in mourning.
But I haven't given it up for that. The partie is arranged;
I have my cavalier. Lord Deepmere, if you please! He has gone
back to his dear Dublin; but a few months hence I am to name
any evening and he will come over from Ireland, on purpose.
That's what I call gallantry!"
Shortly after this Madame de Bellegarde walked away with her little girl.
Newman sat in his place; the time seemed terribly long.
He felt how fiercely his quarter of an hour in the convent chapel
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:
repeated on the park side of the pavilion the exterior half-moon; they
were conversing earnestly.
"Where is she?" said the countess; "you make me anxious to see her."
"She is gone to carry milk to Mademoiselle Gaillard at the gate of
Conches; she will soon be back, for it is more than an hour since she
"Well, I'll go and meet her with those gentlemen," said Madame de
Montcornet, going downstairs.
Just as the countess opened her parasol, Michaud came up and told her
that the general had left her a widow for probably two days.
"Monsieur Michaud," said the countess, eagerly, "don't deceive me,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:
"What do you mean by that?" asked Desroches.
Godeschal then related briefly the affair of the journey to Presles.
"Ah! yes," said the lawyer, "I remember Joseph Bridau told me that
story about the time it happened. It is to that meeting that we owe
the favor Monsieur de Serizy has since shown in the matter of Joseph's
brother, Philippe Bridau."
At this moment Moreau, to whom the case of the Vandernesse estate was
of much importance, entered the office. The marquis wished to sell the
land in parcels and the count was opposed to such a sale. The land-
agent received therefore the first fire of Desroches' wrath against