|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
'I've sent him to call on certain people,' Dora continued, 'and I've
shown his pictures to everybody, and praised him and talked about
him, but I can't go on doing that indefinitely, can I?'
'No,' I said; 'people might misunderstand.'
'I don't think they would MISunderstand,' replied this astonishing
girl, without flinching. She even sought my eyes to show me that
hers were clear and full of purpose.
'Good God!' I said to myself, but the words that fell from me were,
'He is outside all that life.'
'What is the use of living a life that he is outside of?'
'Oh, if you put it that way,' I said, and set my teeth, 'I will do
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
sake of having the story to tell afterwards."
"After all, you and the Marquise de Rochefide have paid the rent, and
I do not think, from the way things are going here, that I ever pay
"Who knows? Perhaps the same good luck that befell Mme. de Rochefide
may come to you."
"Do you call it good luck to go back to one's husband?"
"No; only great luck. Come, I am listening."
And Mme. de la Baudraye read as follows:
"Scene--a splendid salon in the Rue de Chartres-du-Roule. One of
the most famous writers of the day discovered sitting on a settee
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
which are the better--those who err voluntarily or involuntarily? And if
you will answer me, I think that I can put you in the way of approaching
the subject: You would admit, would you not, that there are good runners?
SOCRATES: And there are bad runners?
SOCRATES: And he who runs well is a good runner, and he who runs ill is a
HIPPIAS: Very true.
SOCRATES: And he who runs slowly runs ill, and he who runs quickly runs