|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
flower. I explained that the Southern Cross was a nebulous
constellation even brighter than the Milky Way, arranged in the form
of a cross, and that it could only be seen in southern latitudes.
" 'Very well, Charles, let us go,' said she.
"La Palferine, ferocious though he was, had tears in his eyes; but
what a look there was in Claudine's face, what a note in her voice! I
have seen nothing like the thing that followed, not even in the
supreme touch of a great actor's art; nothing to compare with her
movement when she saw the hard eyes softened in tears; Claudine sank
upon her knees and kissed La Palferine's pitiless hand. He raised her
with his grand manner, his 'Rusticoli air,' as he calls it--'There,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
search put me out of conceit of them. Instead of being a pleasure
the more they became a resource the less; for from the moment I was
unable to follow up the author's hint I of course felt it a point
of honour not to make use professionally of my knowledge of them.
I HAD no knowledge - nobody had any. It was humiliating, but I
could bear it - they only annoyed me now. At last they even bored
me, and I accounted for my confusion - perversely, I allow - by the
idea that Vereker had made a fool of me. The buried treasure was a
bad joke, the general intention a monstrous pose.
The great point of it all is, however, that I told George Corvick
what had befallen me and that my information had an immense effect
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
West hesitated. "I had a visitor in the afternoon," he said,
seemingly speaking the words unwillingly, "but--"
"A lady?" jerked Smith. "I suggest that it was a lady."
"You're quite right," he admitted. "I don't know how you arrived
at the conclusion, but a lady whose acquaintance I made recently--
a foreign lady."
"Karamaneh!" snapped Smith.
"I don't know what you mean in the least, but she came here--
knowing this to be my present address--to ask me to protect her from
a mysterious man who had followed her right from Charing Cross.
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu