|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
There is no little town in France where, at a given time, the drama or
the comedy of the /stranger/ is not played. Often the stranger is an
adventurer who makes dupes and departs, carrying with him the
reputation of a woman, or the money of a family. Oftener the stranger
is a real stranger, whose life remains mysterious long enough for the
town to busy itself curiously about his words and deeds.
Now the probable accession to power of Simon Giguet was not the only
serious event that was happening in Arcis. For the last two days the
attention of the little town had been focussed on a personage just
arrived, who proved to be the first Unknown of the present generation.
The /stranger/ was at this moment the subject of conversation in every
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
Isch. At what point shall I begin then, Socrates, to revive your
recollection of the art of husbandry? since to explain to you the
processes employed in husbandry means the statement of a hundred
details which you know yourself full well already.
 Or, "begin recalling to your mind." See Plat. "Meno," for the
doctrine of Anamensis here apparently referred to.
Soc. The first thing I should like to learn, Ischomachus, I think, if
only as a point befitting a philosopher, is this: how to proceed and
how to work the soil, did I desire to extract the largest crops of
wheat and barley.
Isch. Good, then! you are aware that fallow must be broken up in
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Love and Friendship by Jane Austen:
SCENE CHANGES TO THE MOON, and discovers Popgun and Pistoletta.
Pistoletta) Pray papa how far is it to London?
Popgun) My Girl, my Darling, my favourite of all my Children, who
art the picture of thy poor Mother who died two months ago, with
whom I am going to Town to marry to Strephon, and to whom I mean
to bequeath my whole Estate, it wants seven Miles.
SCENE CHANGES TO THE SUN--
ENTER Chloe and a chorus of ploughboys.
Chloe) Where am I? At Hounslow.--Where go I? To London--. What
to do? To be married--. Unto whom? Unto Strephon. Who is he?
A Youth. Then I will sing a song.
Love and Friendship