|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
past the house of the Cat and Racket; he even ventured in once or
twice, under a disguise, to get a closer view of the bewitching
creature that Madame Guillaume covered with her wing. For eight whole
months, devoted to his love and to his brush, he was lost to the sight
of his most intimate friends forgetting the world, the theatre,
poetry, music, and all his dearest habits. One morning Girodet broke
through all the barriers with which artists are familiar, and which
they know how to evade, went into his room, and woke him by asking,
"What are you going to send to the Salon?" The artist grasped his
friend's hand, dragged him off to the studio, uncovered a small easel
picture and a portrait. After a long and eager study of the two
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
"Manoa?" asked Raleigh, who had heard, as most had, dim rumors of
the place. "What do you know of it?"
Whereon Amyas told him all that he had gathered from the Spaniard;
and Raleigh, in his turn, believed every word.
"Humph!" said he after a long silence. "To find that golden
emperor; offer him help and friendship from the queen of England;
defend him against the Spaniards; if we became strong enough,
conquer back all Peru from the Popish tyrants, and reinstate him on
the throne of the Incas, with ourselves for his body-guard, as the
Norman Varangians were to the effeminate emperors of Byzant--Hey,
Amyas? You would make a gallant chieftain of Varangs. We'll do
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
years, had exchanged the same give and take of neighborhood talk
when they met as now. To-day nothing was changed, and everything.
Then, out of a clear sky, he said:
"I may be going away before long, Elizabeth."
He was watching her intently. She had a singular feeling that
behind this, as behind everything that afternoon, was something not
spoken. Something that related to her. Perhaps it was because of
"You don't mean-not to stay?"
"No. I want to go back to Wyoming. Where I was born. Only for a
The Breaking Point