|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
without having given her a receipt with which she could present
herself as a creditor.
By the help of this fable, which Mme. Duvernoy repeated
everywhere in order to account for her money difficulties, she
extracted a note for a thousand francs from Armand, who did not
believe it, but who pretended to, out of respect for all those in
whose company Marguerite had lived.
Then we called on Julie Duprat, who told us the sad incident
which she had witnessed, shedding real tears at the remembrance
of her friend.
Lastly, we went to Marguerite's grave, on which the first rays of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Essays & Lectures by Oscar Wilde:
of mind than on any possibility of formulated rules, questions
which form no unimportant part of scientific history; for it must
be remembered always that the canons of historical criticism are
essentially different from those of judicial evidence, for they
cannot, like the latter, be made plain to every ordinary mind, but
appeal to a certain historical faculty founded on the experience of
life. Besides, the rules for the reception of evidence in courts
of law are purely stationary, while the science of historical
probability is essentially progressive, and changes with the
advancing spirit of each age.
Now, of all the speculative canons of historical criticism, none is
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
wind. He was a tall boy of fifteen, slight and
narrow-chested. When he came back with the
spikes, Alexandra asked him what he had done
with his overcoat.
"I left it in the drug store. I couldn't climb
in it, anyhow. Catch me if I fall, Emil," he
called back as he began his ascent. Alexandra
watched him anxiously; the cold was bitter
enough on the ground. The kitten would not
budge an inch. Carl had to go to the very top