|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
"Why your books are not so bad as that," said Paul, fairly laughing
and feeling that if ever a fellow had breathed the air of art - !
"So bad as what?"
"Your talent's so great that it's in everything you do, in what's
less good as well as in what's best. You've some forty volumes to
show for it - forty volumes of wonderful life, of rare observation,
of magnificent ability."
"I'm very clever, of course I know that" - but it was a thing, in
fine, this author made nothing of. "Lord, what rot they'd all be
if I hadn't been I'm a successful charlatan," he went on - "I've
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
fennel and decayed refuse streamed from the gulley, and again Andreas began
concocting a letter. He turned into the main road. The shutters were
still up before the shops. Scraps of newspaper, hay, and fruit skins
strewed the pavement; the gutters were choked with the leavings of Saturday
night. Two dogs sprawled in the middle of the road, scuffling and biting.
Only the public-house at the corner was open; a young barman slopped water
over the doorstep.
Fastidiously, his lips curling, Andreas picked his way through the water.
"Extraordinary how I am noticing things this morning. It's partly the
effect of Sunday. I loathe a Sunday when Anna's tied by the leg and the
children are away. On Sunday a man has the right to expect his family.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Two Brothers by Honore de Balzac:
comedy; and Flore was looked upon as a wonderfully clever and artful
creature. Old Rouget really found himself very comfortable after Max
became the master of his house; for he thus gained a companion who
paid him many attentions, without, however, showing any servility.
Gilet talked, discussed politics, and sometimes went to walk with
Rouget. After Max was fairly installed, Flore did not choose to do the
cooking; she said it spoiled her hands. At the request of the grand
master of the Order of the Knights of Idleness, Mere Cognette produced
one of her relatives, an old maid whose master, a curate, had lately
died without leaving her anything,--an excellent cook, withal,--who
declared she would devote herself for life or death to Max and Flore.