|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
"Ah!" exclaimed the viscount. "Yes, the d'Esgrignons,--I remember
"Alencon is very gay," continued the old maid, now fairly launched.
"There's much amusement: the receiver-general gives balls; the prefect
is an amiable man; and Monseigneur the bishop sometimes honors us with
"Well, then," said the viscount, smiling, "I have done wisely to come
back, like the hare, to die in my form."
"Yes," she said. "I, too, attach myself or I die."
The viscount smiled.
"Ah!" thought the old maid, "all is well; he understands me."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Georgics by Virgil:
With drugs Assyrian, nor clear olive's use
With cassia tainted; yet untroubled calm,
A life that knows no falsehood, rich enow
With various treasures, yet broad-acred ease,
Grottoes and living lakes, yet Tempes cool,
Lowing of kine, and sylvan slumbers soft,
They lack not; lawns and wild beasts' haunts are there,
A youth of labour patient, need-inured,
Worship, and reverend sires: with them from earth
Departing justice her last footprints left.
Me before all things may the Muses sweet,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
All this was black in the falling dusk, and I could just distinguish
the whitish ruts of a cart-track stretching over the marsh towards
the higher land, far away. Not a sound was to be heard. Against
the low streak of light in the sky I could see the mast of Powell's
cutter moored to the bank some twenty yards, no more, beyond that
black barn or whatever it was. I hailed him with a loud shout. Got
no answer. After making fast my boat just astern, I walked along
the bank to have a look at Powell's. Being so much bigger than mine
she was aground already. Her sails were furled; the slide of her
scuttle hatch was closed and padlocked. Powell was gone. He had
walked off into that dark, still marsh somewhere. I had not seen a