|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather:
watch the trails of smoke behind the Houses
of Parliament catch fire with the sunset.
The slender towers were washed by a rain of
golden light and licked by little flickering
flames; Somerset House and the bleached
gray pinnacles about Whitehall were floated
in a luminous haze. The yellow light poured
through the trees and the leaves seemed to
burn with soft fires. There was a smell of
acacias in the air everywhere, and the
laburnums were dripping gold over the walls
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Elixir of Life by Honore de Balzac:
unsheathe a formidable sword and make short work of Commandants.
Banter lurked beneath his simplicity, mocking laughter behind his
tears--for he had tears at need, like any woman nowadays who says
to her husband, "Give me a carriage, or I shall go into a
For the merchant the world is a bale of goods or a mass of
circulating bills; for most young men it is a woman, and for a
woman here and there it is a man; for a certain order of mind it
is a salon, a coterie, a quarter of the town, or some single
city; but Don Juan found his world in himself.
This model of grace and dignity, this captivating wit, moored his
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
shave your chin.'
M'Guire grasped the coin without a word; cast it to the
cabman, calling out to him to keep the change; bounded down
the steps, flung the bag far forth into the river, and fell
headlong after it. He was plucked from a watery grave, it is
believed, by the hands of Mr. Godall. Even as he was being
hoisted dripping to the shore, a dull and choked explosion
shook the solid masonry of the Embankment, and far out in the
river a momentary fountain rose and disappeared.
THE SUPERFLUOUS MANSION (CONTINUED)
SOMERSET in vain strove to attach a meaning to these words.