|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
"Nevertheless, my friend," said Madame Phellion, "allow me to remind
you that Madame Colleville is excessively light-minded, and has given,
as we al know, pretty good proofs of it."
"Enough, my dear," said Phellion. "The dinner hour summons us; I think
that, little by little, we have allowed this conversation to drift
toward the miry slough of backbiting."
"You are full of illusions, my dear commander," said Minard, taking
Phellion by the hand and shaking it; "but they are honorable
illusions, and I envy them. Madame, I have the honor--" added the
mayor, with a respectful bow to Madame Phellion.
And each party took its way.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw:
shoot deer in Scotland or vermin here. How do you like that state
of things? Eh?"
The man was taken aback. "Sir Charles will stand by me," he said,
after a pause, with assumed confidence, but with an anxious
glance at the baronet.
"If he does, after witnessing the return you have made me for
standing by you, he is a greater fool than I take him to be."
"Gently, gently," said the clergyman. "There is much excuse to be
made for the poor fellow."
"As gently as you please with any man that is a free man at
heart," said Trefusis; "but slaves must be driven, and this
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
shoes, which always came off in sticky ground; and terribly dirty
and wet he is: but he never (he says) had such a pleasant walk in
his life; and he has brought home his handkerchief (for boys had
no pockets in those days much bigger than key-holes) full of
He has got a piece of mistletoe, wants to know what it is; and he
has seen a woodpecker, and a wheat-ear, and gathered strange
flowers on the heath; and hunted a peewit because he thought its
wing was broken, till of course it led him into a bog, and very
wet he got. But he did not mind it, because he fell in with an
old man cutting turf, who told him all about turf-cutting, and