|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Illustrious Gaudissart by Honore de Balzac:
leaning against the door-post and lighting his cigar at Mitouflet's
"How do you mean?" asked Mitouflet.
"I mean people who are rough-shod on political and financial ideas."
"Whom have you seen? if I may ask without indiscretion," said the
landlord innocently, expectorating after the adroit and periodical
fashion of smokers.
"A fine, energetic fellow named Margaritis."
Mitouflet cast two glances in succession at his guest which were
expressive of chilling irony.
"May be; the good-man knows a deal. He knows too much for other folks,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
"I don't frighten you?" demanded Newman.
"That's for you to judge."
"No, it's for you to judge, at your leisure. Think it over,
feel yourself all round. I will give you an hour or two.
I can't give you more, for how do we know how fast they may be
making Madame de Cintre a nun? Talk it over with your mother;
let her judge whether she is frightened. I don't believe she
is as easily frightened, in general, as you; but you will see.
I will go and wait in the village, at the inn, and I beg you
to let me know as soon as possible. Say by three o'clock. A
simple YES or NO on paper will do. Only, you know, in case of a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Reef by Edith Wharton:
perhaps conscious of her exhausted resources and his
dwindling interest, she had committed the fatal error of
saying that she could see he was unhappy, and entreating him
to tell her why...
From the brink of estranging confidences, and from the risk
of unfavourable comparisons, his gesture had snatched her
back to safety; and as soon as he had kissed her he felt
that she would never bore him again. She was one of the
elemental creatures whose emotion is all in their pulses,
and who become inexpressive or sentimental when they try to
turn sensation into speech. His caress had restored her to