|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Exiles by Honore de Balzac:
circle above his forehead, and not showing a single hair. It was the
strictest mourning, the gloomiest habit a man could wear. But for a
long sword that hung by his side from a leather belt which could be
seen where his surcoat hung open, a priest would have hailed him as a
brother. Though of no more than middle height, he appeared tall; and,
looking him in the face he seemed a giant.
"The clock has struck, the boat is waiting; will you not come?"
At these words, spoken in bad French, but distinctly audible in the
silence, a little noise was heard in the other top room, and the young
man came down as lightly as a bird.
When Godefroid appeared, the lady's face turned crimson; she trembled,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Some like to laugh,
Some like to cry,
Some like chaff;
Here, perfect to a wish,
We offer, not a dish,
But just the platter:
A book that's not a book,
A pamphlet in the look
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
McKnight drawled lazily. I glared at him: there was nothing to be
gained by antagonizing the little man.
"Yes, a fractured humerus, which isn't as funny as it sounds."
"Humerus-humorous! Pretty good," he cackled. "I must say you keep
up your spirits pretty well, considering everything."
"You seem to have escaped injury," I parried. He was fumbling for
something in his pockets.
"Yes, I escaped," he replied abstractedly. "Remarkable thing, too.
I haven't a doubt I would have broken my neck, but I landed on
- you'll never guess what! I landed head first on the very pillow
which was under inspection at the time of the wreck. You remember,
The Man in Lower Ten