|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Reign of King Edward the Third by William Shakespeare:
Of Charles, the Duke of Normandy, that I
Without restraint may have recourse to Callis
Through all the Countries where he hath to do;
Which thou maist easily obtain, I think,
By reason I have often heard thee say,
He and thou were students once together:
And then thou shalt be set at liberty.
How saiest thou? wilt thou undertake to do it?
I will, my Lord; but I must speak with him.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
on account of the phosphates--the bad news, I mean. They could live on
what he has--not at all in her way, though--and besides, after once
offering his genuine, ardent, foolish love--for it was genuine enough at
the time--John would never--"
She stopped; but I took her up. "Did I understand you to say that his
love was genuine at the lime?"
"Oh, he thinks it is now--insists it is now! That is just precisely what
would make him--do you not see?--stick to his colors all the closer."
"Goodness!" I murmured." What a predicament!"
But my hostess nodded easily. "Oh, no. You will see. They will all see."
I rose to take my leave; my visit, indeed, had been, for very interest,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
near, yet kept at a distance; all-powerful, but in disgrace, the
apparently devoted wife was lying in wait for death and opportunity;
crouching like the ant-lion at the bottom of his spiral pit, ever on
the watch for the prey that cannot escape, listening to the fall of
every grain of sand.
"The strictest censor could not but recognize that the Countess pushed
maternal sentiment to the last degree. Her father's death had been a
lesson to her, people said. She worshiped her children. They were so
young that she could hide the disorders of her life from their eyes,
and could win their love; she had given them the best and most
brilliant education. I confess that I cannot help admiring her and