|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Atheist's Mass by Honore de Balzac:
Quatre-Vents, one of the worst streets in Paris. Desplein pointed
to the sixth floor of one of the houses looking like obelisks, of
which the narrow door opens into a passage with a winding
staircase at the end, with windows appropriately termed "borrowed
lights"--or, in French, jours de souffrance. It was a greenish
structure; the ground floor occupied by a furniture-dealer, while
each floor seemed to shelter a different and independent form of
misery. Throwing up his arm with a vehement gesture, Desplein
"I lived up there for two years."
"I know; Arthez lived there; I went up there almost every day
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
brawl that makes Scots history. They were members of
Parliament for Peebles, Stirling, Pittenweem, Kilrenny, and
Inverurie. We find them burgesses of Edinburgh; indwellers in
Biggar, Perth, and Dalkeith. Thomas was the forester of
Newbattle Park, Gavin was a baker, John a maltman, Francis a
chirurgeon, and `Schir William' a priest. In the feuds of
Humes and Heatleys, Cunninghams, Montgomeries, Mures,
Ogilvies, and Turnbulls, we find them inconspicuously
involved, and apparently getting rather better than they gave.
Schir William (reverend gentleman) was cruellie slaughtered on
the Links of Kincraig in 1582; James ('in the mill-town of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
fun in the prison-yard if by chance there are any old stagers here."
"Trompe-la-Mort sneaked their chips, and I know that they have vowed
to be the death of him."
THEY were the convicts whose money, intrusted to Trompe-la-Mort, had
all been made away with by him for Lucien, as has been told.
"Could you lay your hand on the witnesses of his former arrest?"
"Give me two summonses of witnesses and I will find you some to-day."
"Coquart," said the lawyer, as he took off his gloves, and placed his
hat and stick in a corner, "fill up two summonses by monsieur's