|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Christ in Flanders by Honore de Balzac:
society, such as art and thought and education and worldly interests
and laws have made it; and at this end there was terror and wailing,
innumerable different impulses all repressed by hideous doubts--at
this end, and at this only, the agony of fear.
Above all these human lives stood a strong man, the skipper; no doubts
assailed him, the chief, the king, the fatalist among them. He was
trusting in himself rather than in Providence, crying, "Bail away!"
instead of "Holy Virgin," defying the storm, in fact, and struggling
with the sea like a wrestler.
But the helpless poor at the other end of the wherry! The mother
rocking on her bosom the little one who smiled at the storm; the woman
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
it was growing harder, but now he discovered that it was not
He knew it was not merely mercenary motives that had made
Emilia accept John Lambert; but what troubled him was a vague
knowledge that it was not mere pique. He was used to dealing
with pique in women, and had found it the most manageable of
weaknesses. It was an element of spasmodic conscience than he
saw here, and it troubled him.
Something told him that she had said to herself: "I will be
married, and thus do my duty to Hope. Other girls marry
persons whom they do not love, and it helps them to forget.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
looking for you for years. Come on in on the editorial.'
"But I shook my head.
"'Come, now!' he admonished sharply. 'No shenanagan! The COWBELL must have
you. It hungers for you, craves after you, won't be happy till it gets you.
"In short, he wrestled with me, but I was bricks, and at the end of half an
hour the only Spargo gave it up.
"'Remember,' he said, 'any time you reconsider, I'm open. No matter where you
are, wire me and I'll send the ducats to come on at once.'
"I thanked him, and asked the pay for my copy--DOPE, he called it.
"'Oh, regular routine,' he said. 'Get it the first Thursday after