|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
occasion she owed her sympathy to the niece in trouble. They walked
together, talking of the dear deceased, until they reached the
forbidden house, into which Mademoiselle Armande enticed Madame du
Bousquier by the charm of her manner and conversation. The poor
desolate woman was glad to talk of her uncle with one whom he truly
loved. Moreover, she wanted to receive the condolences of the old
marquis, whom she had not seen for nearly three years. It was half-
past one o'clock, and she found at the hotel d'Esgrignon the Chevalier
de Valois, who had come to dinner. As he bowed to her, he took her by
"Well, dear, virtuous, and beloved lady," he said, in a tone of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
he was as indifferent to his appearance as a German philosopher.
"My dear fellow, you ARE coming to pieces," Pemberton would say to
him in sceptical remonstrance; to which the child would reply,
looking at him serenely up and down: "My dear fellow, so are you!
I don't want to cast you in the shade." Pemberton could have no
rejoinder for this - the assertion so closely represented the fact.
If however the deficiencies of his own wardrobe were a chapter by
themselves he didn't like his little charge to look too poor.
Later he used to say "Well, if we're poor, why, after all,
shouldn't we look it?" and he consoled himself with thinking there
was something rather elderly and gentlemanly in Morgan's disrepair
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The War in the Air by H. G. Wells:
this astounding war. But his fascination was more than national;
all over the world his ruthless strength dominated minds as the
Napoleonic legend had dominated minds. Englishmen turned in
disgust from the slow, complex, civilised methods of their
national politics to this uncompromising, forceful figure.
Frenchmen believed in him. Poems were written to him in
He made the war.
Quite equally with the rest of the world, the general German
population was taken by surprise by the swift vigour of the
Imperial government. A considerable literature of military