|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
"Perhaps. Still, a little folly- "
"Is a dangerous thing. And, now, when do you open?"
"To-morrow week. And, owing to the iniquitous provisions of the
new Shops Act, foisted by a reckless Government upon a- "
"You can cut that bit."
"Thank you. We close the same night."
"Positively for one performance only?"
"Exactly. And that's why I shall only just be able to get you a
"You needn't trouble."
"What! Don't you want to come?"
The Brother of Daphne
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Second Home by Honore de Balzac:
sanctimonious mien clothes them in a livery of hypocrisy which rogues
can affect to perfection.
And besides, bigots constitute a sort of republic; they all know each
other; the servants they recommend and hand on from one to another are
a race apart, and preserved by them, as horse-breeders will admit no
animal into their stables that has not a pedigree. The more the
impious--as they are thought--come to understand a household of
bigots, the more they perceive that everything is stamped with an
indescribable squalor; they find there, at the same time, an
appearance of avarice and mystery, as in a miser's home, and the dank
scent of cold incense which gives a chill to the stale atmosphere of a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
of Cornerly, "whom we do not know," as I was carefully informed by more
than one member of the St. Michael family. The girl had disturbed a number
of mothers whose sons were prone to slip out of the strict hereditary
fold in directions where beauty or champagne was to be found; and the
Cornerlys dined late, and had champagne. Miss Hortense had "splurged it"
a good deal here, and the measure of her success with the male youth was
the measure of her condemnation by their female elders.
Such were the facts which I gathered from women and from the few men whom
I saw in Kings Port. This town seemed to me almost as empty of men as if
the Pied Piper had passed through here and lured them magically away to
some distant country. It was on the happy day that saw Miss Eliza La Heu