|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Some Reminiscences by Joseph Conrad:
known firm of London ship-brokers which had chartered the ship to
the, I will not say short-lived, but ephemeral Franco-Canadian
Transport Company. A death leaves something behind, but there
was never anything tangible left from the F.C.T.C. It flourished
no longer than roses live, and unlike the roses it blossomed in
the dead of winter, emitted a sort of faint perfume of adventure
and died before spring set in. But indubitably it was a company,
it had even a house-flag, all white with the letters F.C.T.C.
artfully tangled up in a complicated monogram. We flew it at our
main-mast head, and now I have come to the conclusion that it was
the only flag of its kind in existence. All the same we on
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
"What luck! There's Maxime, with Canalis and Giraud," said Leon.
"Come along, friend Gazonal, the promised actors are mustering on the
stage," said Bixiou.
And all three advanced to the above-named personages, who seemed to be
sauntering along with nothing to do.
"Have they turned you out, or why are you idling about in this way?"
said Bixiou to Giraud.
"No, while they are voting by secret ballot we have come out for a
little air," replied Giraud.
"How did the prime minister pull through?"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson:
Lord of the tourney. And Arthur had the jousts
Down in the flat field by the shore of Usk
Holden: the gilded parapets were crowned
With faces, and the great tower filled with eyes
Up to the summit, and the trumpets blew.
There all day long Sir Pelleas kept the field
With honour: so by that strong hand of his
The sword and golden circlet were achieved.
Then rang the shout his lady loved: the heat
Of pride and glory fired her face; her eye
Sparkled; she caught the circlet from his lance,