|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Talisman by Walter Scott:
may do thee pleasure?"
"The bounty of the King hath filled my cup to the brim," said the
sage--" yea, it hath been abundant as the fountain which sprung
up amid the camp of the descendants of Israel when the rock was
stricken by the rod of Moussa Ben Amram."
"Ay, but," said the King, smiling, "it required, as in the
desert, a hard blow on the rock ere it yielded its treasures. I
would that I knew something to pleasure thee, which I might yield
as freely as the natural fountain sends forth its waters."
"Let me touch that victorious hand," said the sage, "in token
that if Adonbec el Hakim should hereafter demand a boon of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
"Permit me--cover yourself!" he said a moment later, holding out
the hat with an ingratiating gesture.
A light flashed on Wyant.
"Perhaps," he said, looking straight at the young man, "you will
tell me your name. My own is Wyant."
The stranger, surprised, but not disconcerted, drew forth a
coroneted card, which he offered with a low bow. On the card was
Il Conte Ottaviano Celsi.
"I am much obliged to you," said Wyant; "and I may as well tell
you that the letter which you apparently expected to find in the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Study of a Woman by Honore de Balzac:
your pen should, by accident, write my name. A name, written on a
letter, is not a friend's opera-hat, which you might have taken,
carelessly, on leaving a ball."
Eugene, discomfited, looked at the marquise with an air that was both
stupid and conceited. He felt that he was becoming ridiculous; and
after stammering a few juvenile phrases he left the room.
A few days later the marquise acquired undeniable proofs that Eugene
had told the truth. For the last fortnight she has not been seen in
The marquis tells all those who ask him the reason of this