|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Turn of the Screw by Henry James:
"Ah, well, of course I don't; for it strikes me you never tell me.
But I mean does HE know?"
"Know what, Miles?"
"Why, the way I'm going on."
I perceived quickly enough that I could make, to this inquiry,
no answer that would not involve something of a sacrifice
of my employer. Yet it appeared to me that we were all,
at Bly, sufficiently sacrificed to make that venial.
"I don't think your uncle much cares."
Miles, on this, stood looking at me. "Then don't you think he can
be made to?"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
experience. I think I'veI've seen the devil orsomething like him.
What face did you just see?or no," he added quickly, "don't tell
And he gave Tom the story. It was midnight when he finished, and
after that, with all lights burning, two sleepy, shivering boys
read to each other from "The New Machiavelli," until dawn came up
out of Witherspoon Hall, and the Princetonian fell against the
door, and the May birds hailed the sun on last night's rain.
The Romantic Egotist
This Side of Paradise
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
despatched from Bianchon's hospital, whence he obtained it at a
"Let us play those wretches a trick," said he. "Go to the
cemetery, buy a grave for five years at Pere-Lachaise, and
arrange with the Church and the undertaker to have a third-class
funeral. If the daughters and their husbands decline to repay
you, you can carve this on the headstone--'HERE LIES M. GORIOT,
FATHER OF THE COMTESSE DE RESTAUD AND THE BARONNE DE NUCINGEN,
INTERRED AT THE EXPENSE OF TWO STUDENTS.' "
Eugene took part of his friend's advice, but only after he had
gone in person first to M. and Mme. de Nucingen, and then to M.