|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
to fight for him, to snatch him from this unknown rival. She reflected
that she knew nothing of music, and that she was not beautiful.
"He will never love me!" thought she.
This conclusion aggravated her anxiety to know whether she might not
be mistaken, whether Albert really loved an Italian Princess, and was
loved by her. In the course of this fateful night, the power of swift
decision, which had characterized the famous Watteville, was fully
developed in his descendant. She devised those whimsical schemes,
round which hovers the imagination of most young girls when, in the
solitude to which some injudicious mothers confine them, they are
roused by some tremendous event which the system of repression to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rezanov by Gertrude Atherton:
make no appeal to your mercy. Trade is not
founded on charity. You well know we have much
you are in daily need of. There should be a bi-
yearly interchange." He paused and looked from
one staring face to the other. He had been wise
in his appeal. They were deeply gratified at being
taken into his confidence and virtually asked to out-
wit the military authorities they detested.
"I have brought the Juno heavy laden, my
fathers, and for the deliberate purpose of barter.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost:
had bestowed upon me to some account, by establishing a liaison
with some generous old dame. This was just as little to my
taste, for it would necessarily have rendered me unfaithful to
"I mentioned play as the easiest scheme, and the most suitable
to my present situation. He admitted that play certainly was a
resource, but that it was necessary to consider the point well.
`Mere play,' said he, `with its ordinary chances, is the certain
road to ruin; and as for attempting, alone and without an ally,
to employ the little means an adroit man has for correcting the
vagaries of luck, it would be too dangerous an experiment.'