|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
to tremble; Wyant stood fascinated by the accidental
collaboration of light and color.
Suddenly he noticed that something white had fluttered to the
ground at his feet. He stooped and picked up a small thin sheet
of note-paper, folded and sealed like an old-fashioned letter,
and bearing the superscription:--
To the Count Ottaviano Celsi.
Wyant stared at this mysterious document. Where had it come
from? He was distinctly conscious of having seen it fall through
the air, close to his feet. He glanced up at the dark ceiling of
the chapel; then he turned and looked about the church. There
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
the soft impeachment?"
"No," said Renouard. "Did you print that in your paper."
"No. I didn't quite believe it. But I will tell you what I
believe. I believe that when your heart is set on some object you
are a man that doesn't count the cost to yourself or others. And
this shall get printed some day."
"Obituary notice?" Renouard dropped negligently.
"Certain - some day."
"Do you then regard yourself as immortal?"
"No, my boy. I am not immortal. But the voice of the press goes
on for ever. . . . And it will say that this was the secret of your
Within the Tides
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:
kissed her niece on the forehead, pressed her hand, and went away,
taking Adam with her and leaving the Marquis de Ronquerolles and the
Marquis du Rouvre, who soon followed. Paz and Clementine were alone
"I will leave you now, madame," said Thaddeus. "You will of course
rejoin them at the Opera?"
"No," she answered, "I don't like dancing, and they give an odious
ballet to-night 'La Revolte au Serail.'"
There was a moment's silence.
"Two years ago Adam would not have gone to the Opera without me," said
Clementine, not looking at Paz.