|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Study of a Woman by Honore de Balzac:
refusal to admit him, bowed to Madame de Listomere in a tolerably
intentional manner, she veiled her thoughts behind one of those
feminine smiles which are more impenetrable than the words of a king.
"Are you unwell, madame? You denied yourself to visitors."
"I am well, monsieur."
"Perhaps you were going out?"
"Not at all."
"You expected some one?"
"If my visit is indiscreet you must blame Monsieur le marquis. I had
already accepted your mysterious denial, when he himself came up, and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy:
they were concerned the matter was settled. She now simply
waited to see the lady again.
The day and the hour came; but a drizzling rain fell.
Elizabeth-Jane having now changed her orbit from one of gay
independence to laborious self-help, thought the weather
good enough for such declined glory as hers, if her friend
would only face it--a matter of doubt. She went to the
boot-room where her pattens had hung ever since her
apotheosis; took them down, had their mildewed leathers
blacked, and put them on as she had done in old times. Thus
mounted, and with cloak and umbrella, she went off to the
The Mayor of Casterbridge
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
held his hand, I should have known by this time whether you and I
have been treading the path to heaven or hell."
"And you can speak thus of such a risk!" said Foster. "You keep
a stout heart, Master Varney. For me, if I did not hope to live
many years, and to have time for the great work of repentance, I
would not go forward with you."
"Oh! thou shalt live as long as Methuselah," said Varney, "and
amass as much wealth as Solomon; and thou shalt repent so
devoutly, that thy repentance shall be more famous than thy
villainy--and that is a bold word. But for all this, Tressilian
must be looked after. Thy ruffian yonder is gone to dog him. It