|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
years, they would be a blessing to the earth, instead of being--
that which they have been.
God grant, my dear child, that these poor people may take the
warning that has been sent to them; "The voice of God revealed in
facts," as the great Lord Bacon would have called it, and see not
only that God has bidden them leave the place where they are now,
but has prepared for them, in their own land, a home a thousand
times better than that in which they now live.
But you ask, How ought they to have known that an earthquake would
Well, to make you understand that, we must talk a little about
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
himself. But how is it that in fourteen months he has given us no news
"Oh! if I marry him, he will be so happy!"
"Happy?--He does not love you. Besides, you have no great fortune to
give him. Your mother detests you; you made her a fierce reply which
rankles, and which will be your ruin. When she told you yesterday that
obedience was the only way to repair your errors, and reminded you of
the need for marrying, mentioning Amedee--'If you are so fond of him,
marry him yourself, mother!'--Did you, or did you not, fling these
words in her teeth?"
"Yes," said Rosalie.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Catherine de Medici by Honore de Balzac:
Medici lasted thirty-four days.
It is useless to repeat the details, which have been given in all the
histories of Provence and Marseille, as to this celebrated interview
between the Pope and the king of France, which was opened by a jest of
the Duke of Albany as to the duty of keeping fasts,--a jest mentioned
by Brantome and much enjoyed by the court, which shows the tone of the
manners of that day.
Many conjectures have been made as to Catherine's barrenness, which
lasted ten years. Strange calumnies still rest upon this queen, all of
whose actions were fated to be misjudged. It is sufficient to say that
the cause was solely in Henri II. After the difficulty was removed,