|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
SUSANNAH AND THE ELDERS
On a Wednesday morning, early, toward the middle of spring, in the
year 16,--such was his mode of reckoning,--at the moment when the
chevalier was putting on his old green-flowered damask dressing-gown,
he heard, despite the cotton in his ears, the light step of a young
girl who was running up the stairway. Presently three taps were
discreetly struck upon the door; then, without waiting for any
response, a handsome girl slipped like an eel into the room occupied
by the old bachelor.
"Ah! is it you, Suzanne?" said the Chevalier de Valois, without
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne:
ground, they were stowed away in the upper part of the projectile.
There was a sort of granary there, loaded with things which the
extravagant Frenchman had heaped up. What they were no one knew,
and the good-tempered fellow did not explain. Now and then he
climbed up by cramp-irons riveted to the walls, but kept the
inspection to himself. He arranged and rearranged, he plunged
his hand rapidly into certain mysterious boxes, singing in one
of the falsest of voices an old French refrain to enliven
Barbicane observed with some interest that his guns and other
arms had not been damaged. These were important, because,
From the Earth to the Moon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
declared the Governor. "Makes me feel young again."
"Makes me feel old," said McLean. "Hark!"
"Sounds like my name," said Barker. They listened. "Oh yes. Of course.
That's it. They're shouting for the doctor. But we'll just spare them a
minute or so to finish their excitement."
"I didn't hear any shooting," said McLean. "It's something, though."
As they waited, no shots came; but still the fiddle was silent, and the
murmur of many voices grew in the dance-hall, while single voices
wandered outside, calling the doctor's name.
"I'm the Governor on a fishing-trip," said he. "But it's to be done, I