|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Selected Writings of Guy De Maupassant by Guy De Maupassant:
"Sir," said he to the merchant, "I would like to know what this
The man took the necklace, examined it, called his clerk and made
some remarks in an undertone; then he put the ornament back on
the counter, and looked at it from a distance to judge of the
M. Lantin was annoyed by all this detail and was on the point of
saying: "Oh! I know well enough it is not worth anything," when
the jeweler said: "Sir, that necklace is worth from twelve to
fifteen thousand francs; but I could not buy it unless you tell
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Mother by Owen Wister:
give you no reason for my request, except that it all seemed so sudden.
And--yes--there was one other thing. But that was even more silly."
"I believe I know what you mean," replied Richard, "and I shall come to
it presently. If any one was silly, it was not you."
"I did not sell Amalgamated Electric on Wednesday, and on Thursday a
doubt about the increased dividend began to be circulated. The stock,
nevertheless, after a forenoon of weakness, rallied. Moreover a check for
my first dividend came from the Pollyopolis Heat, Light, Power, Paving,
Pressing, and Packing Company."
"'What a number of things it does!' exclaimed Ethel, when I showed her
the company's check."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
ultimately be broken and the man cease to be an object of affection and
attraction to the woman, and the woman to the man through mere
dissimilarity. The future these persons seem to see, more or less vaguely,
is of a social condition, in which, the males of the race remaining
precisely as they are today, the corresponding females shall have advanced
to undreamed of heights of culture and intelligence; a condition in which
the hand-worker, and the ordinary official, and small farmer, shall be
confronted with the female astronomer or Greek professor of astonishing
learning and gifts as his only possible complementary sex companion; and
the vision naturally awakens in these good folk certain misgivings as to
sympathy between and suitability for each other, of these two widely