|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
windows of the hotel-front were open. The young man
seemed tremendously moved, far too much so to talk.
Thorpe ventured once some remarks about the Mexican mountains,
which were ever so much bigger, as he remembered them,
but Alfred paid no heed. He continued to gaze across
the lake, watching in rapt silence one facet after another
catch the light, and stand out from the murky gloom,
radiantly white, till at last the whole horizon was a mass
of shining minarets and domes, and the sun fell full
on his face. Then, with a long-drawn sigh, he turned,
re-entered the room, and threw himself into a chair.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
"You are to understand so," she answered.
He took a turn in the room, very thoughtful. Not of himself was he
thinking now, but of the Duke of Monmouth. Trenchard had told him
some ugly truths that morning of how in his love-making he appeared
to have shipwrecked the Cause ere it was well launched. If this
letter got to Whitehall there was no gauging - ignorant as he was of
what was in it - the ruin that might follow; but they had reason to
fear the worst. He saw his duty to the Duke most clearly, and he
breathed a prayer of thanks that Richard had chosen to put that letter
to such a use as this. He knew himself checkmated; but he was a man who
knew how to bear defeat in a becoming manner. He turned suddenly.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Facino Cane by Honore de Balzac:
head was dizzy. You shall see how heavily God has punished me.
"I never knew a quiet moment until I had sold two-thirds of my
diamonds in London or Amsterdam, and held the value of my gold dust in
a negotiable shape. For five years I hid myself in Madrid, then in
1770 I came to Paris with a Spanish name, and led as brilliant a life
as may be. Then in the midst of my pleasures, as I enjoyed a fortune
of six millions, I was smitten with blindness. I do not doubt but that
my infirmity was brought on by my sojourn in the cell and my work in
the stone, if, indeed, my peculiar faculty for 'seeing' gold was not
an abuse of the power of sight which predestined me to lose it. Bianca