|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
that it had been on any other service. Spies are necessary
things, but one does not wish to have to do with them! Anything
in the nature of treachery is so horrible.'
'Quick, Louis!' Mademoiselle exclaimed, 'the cognac, if you have
any there! I am sure that you are--still feeling ill, Monsieur.'
'No, I thank you,' I muttered hoarsely, making an effort to
recover myself. 'I am quite well. It was--an old wound that
sometimes touches me.'
MADAME AND MADEMOISELLE
To be frank, however, it was not the old wound that touched me so
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll:
Then Sylvie advanced alone (Bruno having suddenly turned shy)
and timidly introduced herself with the words "Please, I'm Sylvie!"
"And who's that other thing?', said the Gardener.
"What thing?" said Sylvie, looking round. "Oh, that's Bruno.
He's my brother."
"Was he your brother yesterday?" the Gardener anxiously enquired.
"Course I were!" cried Bruno, who had gradually crept nearer,
and didn't at all like being talked about without having his share in
"Ah, well!" the Gardener said with a kind of groan. "Things change so,
here. Whenever I look again, it's sure to be something different!
Sylvie and Bruno
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
hoards her money like a magpie. She had two hundred francs! And I
have only one hundred and fifty! I am nicely punished; I could
throw my sash down the well; it will be painful to me to wear it
now. Poor dear, I have robbed you. And Agathe was so nice about
it. She said, 'Let us send the three hundred and fifty francs in
our two names!' But I could not help telling you everything just
as it happened.
"Do you know how we managed to keep your commandments? We took
our glittering hoard, we went out for a walk, and when once
fairly on the highway we ran all the way to Ruffec, where we
handed over the coin, without more ado, to M. Grimbert of the