|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen:
had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister.
But her death, which happened ten years before his own,
produced a great alteration in his home; for to supply
her loss, he invited and received into his house the family
of his nephew Mr. Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor
of the Norland estate, and the person to whom he intended
to bequeath it. In the society of his nephew and niece,
and their children, the old Gentleman's days were
comfortably spent. His attachment to them all increased.
The constant attention of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood
to his wishes, which proceeded not merely from interest,
Sense and Sensibility
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
"You will overhear me," said Lucien.
Carlos hid in the adjoining room, and through the crack of the door he
saw Corentin, whom he recognized only by his voice, such powers of
transformation did the great man possess. This time Corentin looked
like an old paymaster-general.
"I have not had the honor of being known to you, monsieur," Corentin
"Excuse my interrupting you, monsieur, but----"
"But the matter in point is your marriage to Mademoiselle Clotilde de
Grandlieu--which will never take place," Corentin added eagerly.
Lucien sat down and made no reply.