|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bureaucracy by Honore de Balzac:
mischances, she believed herself certain of success, never dreaming
that Rabourdin was undermined in all directions by the secret sapping
of the mollusks.
"Well, Monseigneur," said des Lupeaulx, entering the little salon
where they breakfasted, "have you seen the articles on Baudoyer?"
"For God's sake, my dear friend," replied the minister, "don't talk of
those appointments just now; let me have an hour's peace! They cracked
my ears last night with that monstrance. The only way to save
Rabourdin is to bring his appointment before the Council, unless I
submit to having my hand forced. It is enough to disgust a man with
the public service. I must purchase the right to keep that excellent
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
of blood or ties of clientship; they please you with their mouths, but
their hearts refuse; and most of them do work abomination. They barter
God's signs for a little price, and they turn folk from His way;
verily, they- evil is that which they have done.
They will not observe in a believer ties of kindred nor ties of
clientship; but they it is are the transgressors.
But if they repent and are steadfast in prayer and give alms, then
they are your brethren in religion- we detail the signs unto a
people that do know.
But if they break faith with you after their treaty, and taunt
your religion, then fight the leaders of misbelief; verily, they
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
tiger gathering himself up to spring.
"Leave us," said the Count gravely to the prison governor and the
"You did wisely to send away Lucien's murderer!" said Jacques Collin,
without caring whether Camusot heard him or no; "I could not contain
myself, I should have strangled him."
Monsieur de Granville felt a chill; never had he seen a man's eyes so
full of blood, or cheeks so colorless, or muscles so set.
"And what good would that murder have done you?" he quietly asked.
"You avenge society, or fancy you avenge it, every day, monsieur, and
you ask me to give a reason for revenge? Have you never felt vengeance