|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Atheist's Mass by Honore de Balzac:
by a will he had had made by a public scrivener, dating from the
year when we had gone to live in the Cour de Rohan.
"This man's faith was perfect; he loved the Holy Virgin as he
might have loved his wife. He was an ardent Catholic, but never
said a word to me about my want of religion. When he was dying he
entreated me to spare no expense that he might have every
possible benefit of clergy. I had a mass said for him every day.
Often, in the night, he would tell me of his fears as to his
future fate; he feared his life had not been saintly enough. Poor
man! he was at work from morning till night. For whom, then, is
Paradise--if there be a Paradise? He received the last sacrament
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
floor she wasn't much better.
"There's going to be a death!" she wailed. "Oh, Miss Rachel,
there's going to be a death!"
"There will be," I said grimly, "if you don't keep quiet, Liddy
And so we sat there until morning, wondering if the candle would
last until dawn, and arranging what trains we could take back to
town. If we had only stuck to that decision and gone back before
it was too late!
The sun came finally, and from my window I watched the trees
along the drive take shadowy form, gradually lose their ghostlike
The Circular Staircase
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne:
It is impossible but many of my readers must have heard of him; and
if any by mere chance have ever seen him, I beg leave to inform
them, that that bird was my bird, or some vile copy set up to
I have nothing farther to add upon him, but that from that time to
this I have borne this poor starling as the crest to my arms. -
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- And let the herald's officers twist his neck about if they dare.
THE ADDRESS. VERSAILLES.
I SHOULD not like to have my enemy take a view of my mind when I am