|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Man of Business by Honore de Balzac:
coach-builder, and had frequently dunned them for money; so he gave
out that he 'had had relations with the Imperial family.' Maxime, duly
informed by Antonia of the 'nice old man's' proposals (for so the aunt
called Croizeau), wished to see him. Cerizet's declaration of war had
so far taken effect that he of the yellow kid gloves was studying the
position of every piece, however insignificant, upon the board; and it
so happened that at the mention of that 'nice old man,' an ominous
tinkling sounded in his ears. One evening, therefore, Maxime seated
himself among the book-shelves in the dimly lighted back room,
reconnoitred the seven or eight customers through the chink between
the green curtains, and took the little coach-builder's measure. He
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
she gasped, confounded, stupefied: "a gentleman HE?"
"You know him then?"
She visibly tried to hold herself. "But he IS handsome?"
I saw the way to help her. "Remarkably!"
"In somebody's clothes. "They're smart, but they're not his own."
She broke into a breathless affirmative groan: "They're the master's!"
I caught it up. "You DO know him?"
She faltered but a second. "Quint!" she cried.
"Peter Quint--his own man, his valet, when he was here!"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
His earnestness staggered the old man. 'I must turn my attention
to law,' he said; 'it will be a new field; for though, of course,
I understand its general principles, I have never really applied
my mind to the details, and this view of yours, for example,
comes on me entirely by surprise. But you may be right, and of
course at my time of life--for I am no longer young--any really
long term of imprisonment would be highly prejudicial. But, my
dear nephew, I have no claim on you; you have no call to support
'That's all right,' said Michael; 'I'll probably get it out of
the leather business.'