|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
but let me never again join with him in public gambols.
But the impulse to sing was strong, and triumphed over modesty and
even the inclemencies of sea and sky. On this rough Saturday night,
we got together by the main deck-house, in a place sheltered from the
wind and rain. Some clinging to a ladder which led to the hurricane
deck, and the rest knitting arms or taking hands, we made a ring to
support the women in the violent lurching of the ship; and when we
were thus disposed, sang to our hearts' content. Some of the songs
were appropriate to the scene; others strikingly the reverse.
Bastard doggrel of the music-hall, such as, 'Around her splendid
form, I weaved the magic circle,' sounded bald, bleak, and pitifully
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
mon the besiegers to the assault.
This he could not now delay in doing. All must be over
by the time that the Russian troops should come in sight of
Irkutsk. Ogareff's arrangements were made, and on this
evening a note fell from the top of the earthworks into
On the next day, that is to say during the hours of dark-
ness from the 5th to the 6th of October, at two o'clock in
the morning, Ivan Ogareff had resolved to deliver up
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Atheist's Mass by Honore de Balzac:
Petit-Lion, whence his friend jesuitically crept along by the
wall of Saint-Sulpice, and once more attended mass in front of
the Virgin's altar. It was Desplein, sure enough! The master-
surgeon, the atheist at heart, the worshiper by chance. The
mystery was greater than ever; the regularity of the phenomenon
complicated it. When Desplein had left, Bianchon went to the
sacristan, who took charge of the chapel, and asked him whether
the gentleman were a constant worshiper.
"For twenty years that I have been here," replied the man, "M.
Desplein has come four times a year to attend this mass. He