|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
employed, took a horn full of balm, and after holding it near the
coals inclined it over his robe. A brown spot appeared; it was a
fraud. Then he gazed fixedly at the Chief of the Odours, and without
saying anything flung the gazelle's horn full in his face.
However indignant he might be at adulterations made to his own
prejudice, when he perceived some parcels of nard which were being
packed up for countries beyond the sea, he ordered antimony to be
mixed with it so as to make it heavier.
Then he asked where three boxes of psagdas designed for his own use
were to be found.
The Chief of the Odours confessed that he did not know; some soldiers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Rivers to the Sea by Sara Teasdale:
The hushed and terrible sob
Of all humanity.
Then I said, "Oh who am I
To scorn God to his face?
I will bow my head and stay
And suffer with my race."
I GAVE my first love laughter,
I gave my second tears,
I gave my third love silence
Thru all the years.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Juana by Honore de Balzac:
contract, a trust, was a thing of the heart, and God its supreme
judge. After stating the miseries of her position to Dona Lagounia,
she confided her daughter and her daughter's fortune to the fine old
Spanish honor, pure and spotless, which filled the precincts of that
ancient house. Dona Lagounia had no child, and she was only too happy
to obtain one to nurture. The mother then parted from her Juana,
convinced that the child's future was safe, and certain of having
found her a mother, a mother who would bring her up as a Mancini, and
not as a Marana.
Leaving her child in the simple modest house of the merchant where the
burgher virtues reigned, where religion and sacred sentiments and