|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Elixir of Life by Honore de Balzac:
portion of the social machinery?
If the author has preserved the old-fashioned style of address To
the Reader before a work wherein he endeavors to represent all
literary forms, it is for the purpose of making a remark that
applies to several of the Studies, and very specially to this.
Every one of his compositions has been based upon ideas more or
less novel, which, as it seemed to him, needed literary
expression; he can claim priority for certain forms and for
certain ideas which have since passed into the domain of
literature, and have there, in some instances, become common
property; so that the date of the first publication of each Study
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
The early-ripening seedlets of the widows and poplars furnish the
materials for the work. There breaks from them, in May, a sort of
vernal snow, a fine down, which the eddies of the air heap in the
crevices of the ground. It is a cotton similar to that of our
manufactures, but of very short staple. It comes from an
inexhaustible warehouse: the tree is bountiful; and the wind from
the osier-beds gathers the tiny flocks as they pour from the seeds.
They are easy to pick up.
The difficulty is to set to work. How does the bird proceed, in
order to knit its stocking? How, with such simple implements as
its beak and claws, does it manage to produce a fabric which our
The Life of the Spider
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling:
news of England, for we were as men waked from a
year-long sleep. The Red King was dead - slain (ye
remember?) the day we set sail - and Henry, his younger
brother, had made himself King of England over the head
of Robert of Normandy. This was the very thing that the
Red King had done to Robert when our Great William
died. Then Robert of Normandy, mad, as De Aquila said,
at twice missing of this kingdom, had sent an army
against England, which army had been well beaten back
to their ships at Portsmouth. A little earlier, and Witta's
ship would have rowed through them.