|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Adieu by Honore de Balzac:
forehead and leaning against the trunk of a tree nearly opposite to
his companion, for he felt unequal to the effort of leaping the ditch
"That's for me to ask you," said the other, laughing, as he lay among
the tall brown brake which crowned the bank. Then, throwing the end of
his cigar into the ditch, he cried out vehemently: "I swear by Saint
Hubert that never again will I trust myself in unknown territory with
a statesman, though he be, like you, my dear d'Albon, a college mate."
"But, Philippe, have you forgotten your French? Or have you left your
wits in Siberia?" replied the stout man, casting a sorrowfully comic
look at a sign-post about a hundred feet away.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf:
when her eye was caught by a note with her name on it lying in the hall.
The address was written in a small strong hand unknown to her,
and the note, which had no beginning, ran:--
I send the first volume of Gibbon as I promised. Personally I find
little to be said for the moderns, but I'm going to send you Wedekind
when I've done him. Donne? Have you read Webster and all that set?
I envy you reading them for the first time. Completely exhausted
after last night. And you?
The flourish of initials which she took to be St. J. A. H., wound
up the letter. She was very much flattered that Mr. Hirst should
have remembered her, and fulfilled his promise so quickly.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
eyes sparkling, as she addressed Varney--"speak on. Here no
commands are heard but mine."
"They are omnipotent, gracious madam," replied Varney; "and to
you there can be no secrets.--Yet I would not," he added, looking
around him, "speak of my master's concerns to other ears."
"Fall back, my lords," said the Queen to those who surrounded
her, "and do you speak on. What hath the Earl to do with this
guilty intrigue of thine? See, fellow, that thou beliest him
"Far be it from me to traduce my noble patron," replied Varney;
"yet I am compelled to own that some deep, overwhelming, yet