|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
Even old Binet's secret hostility towards Andre-Louis melted before
this astounding revelation. He had pinched his daughter's ear quite
playfully. "Ah, ah, trust you to have penetrated his disguise, my
She shrank resentfully from that implication.
"But I did not. I took him for what he seemed."
Her father winked at her very solemnly and laughed. "To be sure,
you did. But like your father, who was once a gentleman, and knows
the ways of gentlemen, you detected in him a subtle something
different from those with whom misfortune has compelled you hitherto
to herd. You knew as well as I did that he never caught that trick
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
with his mother. He studied the resources of his voice like an opera-
singer, and often he came beneath her windows to let her hear his
melodiously melancholy voice, when Beauvouloir by a sign informed him
she was alone. Formerly, as a babe, he had consoled his mother with
his smiles, now, become a poet, he caressed her with his melodies.
"Those songs give me life," said the duchess to Beauvouloir, inhaling
the air that Etienne's voice made living.
At length the day came when the poor son's mourning began. Already he
had felt the mysterious correspondences between his emotions and the
movements of the ocean. The divining of the thoughts of matter, a
power with which his occult knowledge had invested him, made this
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
the name of that right honourable commander."
The Marquis looked slightingly at the signed and sealed paper
which Captain Dalgetty handed to him, and, throwing it with
contempt upon a table, asked those around him what he deserved
who came as the avowed envoy and agent of malignant traitors, in
arms against the state?
"A high gallows and a short shrift," was the ready answer of one
of the bystanders.
"I will crave of that honourable cavalier who hath last spoken,"
said Dalgetty, "to be less hasty in forming his conclusions, and
also of your lordship to be cautelous in adopting the same, in