|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
"Oh yes; if his father were not living he would be a duke."
"So that when his father dies," pursued Bessie Alden with more
simplicity than might have been expected in a clever girl,
"he will become Duke of Bayswater?"
"Of course," said Percy Beaumont. "But his father is in excellent health."
"And his mother?"
Beaumont smiled a little. "The duchess is uncommonly robust."
"And has he any sisters?"
"Yes, there are two."
"And what are they called?"
"One of them is married. She is the Countess of Pimlico."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
painting. Indeed, from that time forth, he would spend the
best part of the day in the front balcony, like the attentive
angler poring on his float; and the better to support the
tedium, he would frequently console himself with his clay
pipe. On several occasions, passers-by appeared to be
arrested by the ticket, and on several others ladies and
gentlemen drove to the very doorstep by the carriageful; but
it appeared there was something repulsive in the appearance
of the house; for with one accord, they would cast but one
look upward, and hastily resume their onward progress or
direct the driver to proceed. Somerset had thus the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes:
vulgarism of language, which I grieve to say is sometimes heard
even from female lips. The other is of more serious purport, and
applies to such as contemplate a change of condition, - matrimony,
- The woman who "calculates" is lost.
- Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
[THE "Atlantic" obeys the moon, and its LUNIVERSARY has come round
again. I have gathered up some hasty notes of my remarks made
since the last high tides, which I respectfully submit. Please to
remember this is TALK; just as easy and just as formal as I choose
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table