|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Padre Ignacio by Owen Wister:
You have seen," began Padre Ignacio, "what sort of a man I--was once.
Indeed, it seems very strange to myself that you should have been here
not twenty-four hours yet, and know so much of me. For there has come no
one else at all"--the Padre paused a moment and mastered the
unsteadiness that he had felt approaching in his voice--"there has been
no one else to whom I have talked so freely. In my early days I had no
thought of being a priest. By parents destined me for a diplomatic
career. There was plenty of money and--and all the rest of it; for by
inheritance came to me the acquaintance of many people whose names you
would be likely to have heard of. Cities, people of fashion, artists--the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells:
elementary schools very pleasant for the little
children. They will have to work so soon. Just a few
"You teach them very little?"
"Why should we? It only leads to trouble and discontent.
We amuse them. Even as it is--there are
troubles--agitations. Where the labourers get the
ideas, one cannot tell. They tell one another. There
are socialistic dreams--anarchy even! Agitators will
get to work among them. I take it--I have always
taken it--that my foremost duty is to fight against
When the Sleeper Wakes
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Second Home by Honore de Balzac:
through the medium of the clergy?"
"You talk as a statesman!" said Angelique.
"And you as a priest," he retorted.
The discussion was bitter. Madame de Granville's answers, though
spoken very sweetly and in a voice as clear as a church bell, showed
an obstinacy that betrayed priestly influence. When she appealed to
the rights secured to her by Granville's promise, she added that her
director specially forbade her going to balls; then her husband
pointed out to her that the priest was overstepping the regulations of
This odious theological dispute was renewed with great violence and