|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Domestic Peace by Honore de Balzac:
she went on, "if it had not been my own, you may be sure I should not
have risked paying so dear for it; for a young woman, it is said, is
in danger with you. But, you see," and she touched a spring within the
ring, "here is M. de Soulanges' hair."
She fled into the crowded rooms so swiftly, that it seemed useless to
try to follow her; besides, Martial, utterly confounded, was in no
mood to carry the adventure further. The Countess' laugh found an echo
in the boudoir, where the young coxcomb now perceived, between two
shrubs, the Colonel and Madame de Vaudremont, both laughing heartily.
"Will you have my horse, to ride after your prize?" said the Colonel.
The Baron took the banter poured upon him by Madame de Vaudremont and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
journey where you will to see the games or other spectacles; or it
shall be open to you to bide at home, and still attain your object.
Before you shall be gathered daily an assembly, a great company of
people willing to display whatever each may happen to possess of
wisdom, worth, or beauty; and another throng of persons eager to
do you service. Present, regard them each and all as sworn allies; or
absent, know that each and all have one desire, to set eyes on you.
 Or, "to display their wares of wisdom, beauty, excellence."
The end will be, you shall not be loved alone, but passionately
adored, by human beings. You will not need to woo the fair but to
endure the enforcement of their loving suit.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
very careful of appearances.
" 'My dear fellow,' du Bruel would say, laying down the law to us on
the boulevard, 'there is nothing like one of these women who have sown
their wild oats and got over their passions. Such women as Claudine
have lived their bachelor life; they have been over head and ears in
pleasure, and make the most adorable wives that could be wished; they
have nothing to learn, they are formed, they are not in the least
prudish; they are well broken in, and indulgent. So I strongly
recommend everybody to take the "remains of a racer." I am the most
fortunate man on earth.'
"Du Bruel said this to me himself with Bixiou there to hear it.