|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Pierre Grassou by Honore de Balzac:
worth a thousand times more than mine," replied Fougeres, vehemently.
Hearing that reply the bourgeois beat a quiet retreat to his wife, who
was stupefied by the invasion of this ferocious animal, and very
uneasy at his co-operation in her daughter's portrait.
"Here, follow these indications," said Bridau, returning the palette,
and taking the note. "I won't thank you. I can go back now to
d'Arthez' chateau, where I am doing a dining-room, and Leon de Lora
the tops of the doors--masterpieces! Come and see us."
And off he went without taking leave, having had enough of looking at
"Who is that man?" asked Madame Vervelle.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard:
"Every father is a god to his daughter, or should be; also in
my day millions named me a god because I saw further and struck
harder than they could. As for the rest, it came to me in a
vision. Oh! Bickley, if you were wiser than you think you are,
you would know that all things to come are born elsewhere and
travel hither like the light from stars. Sometimes they come
faster before their day into a single mind, and that is what men
call prophecy. But this is a gift which cannot be commanded, even
by me. Also I did not know that you would come. I knew only that
we should awaken and by the help of men, for if none had been
When the World Shook
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac:
still amaze the Emperor Nicholas by the splendor of her
entertainments. She can still bring tears to the eyes of a youthful
lover, for her age is whatever she pleases, and she has the exquisite
self-devotion of a grisette. In short, she is herself a fairy tale,
unless, indeed, she is a fairy.
Had Madame d'Espard known Madame Zayonseck? Did she mean to imitate
her career? Be that as it may, the Marquise proved the merits of the
treatment; her complexion was clear, her brow unwrinkled, her figure,
like that of Henri II.'s lady-love, preserved the litheness, the
freshness, the covered charms which bring a woman love and keep it
alive. The simple precautions of this course, suggested by art and