|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Facino Cane by Honore de Balzac:
result; but whenever I felt my strength failing as I worked, I heard
the chink of gold, I saw gold spread before me, I was dazzled by
"One night my blunted steel struck on wood. I whetted the fragment of
my blade and cut a hole; I crept on my belly like a serpent; I worked
naked and mole-fashion, my hands in front of me, using the stone
itself to gain a purchase. I was to appear before my judges in two
days' time, I made a final effort, and that night I bored through the
wood and felt that there was space beyond.
"Judge of my surprise when I applied my eye to the hole. I was in the
ceiling of a vault, heaps of gold were dimly visible in the faint
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
most amusing experiences of my life.'
'I don't think you'll forget it very soon,' said Julia. 'Your
hand will remind you.'
'Well, I suppose I must be going,' said Gideon reluctantly. 'No,'
pleaded Julia. 'Why should you? Stay and have tea with me.'
'If I thought you really wished me to stay,' said Gideon, looking
at his hat, 'of course I should only be too delighted.'
'What a silly person you must take me for!' returned the girl.
'Why, of course I do; and, besides, I want some cakes for tea,
and I've nobody to send. Here is the latchkey.'
Gideon put on his hat with alacrity, and casting one look at Miss
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson:
only a few pence; and, lastly, the knife, which was really a
dagger, it was against the law for him to carry.
In about half an hour of walk, I overtook a great, ragged man,
moving pretty fast but feeling before him with a staff. He was
quite blind, and told me he was a catechist, which should have
put me at my ease. But his face went against me; it seemed dark
and dangerous and secret; and presently, as we began to go on
alongside, I saw the steel butt of a pistol sticking from under
the flap of his coat-pocket. To carry such a thing meant a fine
of fifteen pounds sterling upon a first offence, and
transportation to the colonies upon a second. Nor could I quite