|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
interest too. Well, sir, you know best whether that is religion
But if it is, count me out, please. Tom saved me from going to
six years ago; and I'll be damned if I don't help him to the best
my ability now."
John Weightman looked at his son steadily. "Harold," he said at
"you know I dislike violent language, and it never has any
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Letters from England by Elizabeth Davis Bancroft:
my way in returning visits.
LETTER: To I.P.D.
LONDON, November 17, 1846
My dear Uncle: I cannot help refreshing the remembrance of me with
you and dear Aunty by addressing a separate letter to you. . . .
Yesterday we hailed with delight our letters from home. . . . One
feels in a foreign land the absence of common sympathies and
interests, which always surround us in any part of our own country.
And yet nothing can exceed the kindness with which we have been
Last evening I went to my first great English dinner and it was a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
sheep whose throat he intends to cut. But whether the rustic
comprehended the stab of that glance or not, he went on to say (so
Massol told me), 'I've as much ambition as other men. I will never go
back to my native place, if I ever do go back, unless I am a rich man.
Paris is the antechamber of Paradise. They tell me that you who write
the newspapers can make, as they say, "fine weather and foul"; that
is, you have things all your own way, and it's enough to ask your help
to get any place, no matter what, under government. Now, though I have
faculties, like others, I know myself: I have no education; I don't
know how to write, and that's a misfortune, for I have ideas. I am not
seeking, therefore, to be your rival; I judge myself, and I know I