|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
thunderous roar from the opening above him. Following
the roar came the cries and screams of men and women.
Tarzan grasped his spear more firmly and ascended the
steps. A strange sight met his eyes as he emerged from
the semi-darkness of the cellar to the brilliant light
of the temple.
The creatures he saw before him he recognized for what
they were--men and women, and a huge lion. The men and
women were scuttling for the safety of the exits.
The lion stood upon the body of one who had been less fortunate
than the others. He was in the center of the temple.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Alkahest by Honore de Balzac:
slovenly. His black cloth trousers were covered with stains, his
waistcoat was unbuttoned, his cravat awry, his greenish coat ripped at
the seams,--completing an array of signs, great and small, which in
any other man would have betokened a poverty begotten of vice, but
which in Balthazar Claes was the negligence of genius.
Vice and Genius too often produce the same effects; and this misleads
the common mind. What is genius but a long excess which squanders time
and wealth and physical powers, and leads more rapidly to a hospital
than the worst of passions? Men even seem to have more respect for
vices than for genius, since to the latter they refuse credit. The
profits accruing from the hidden labors of the brain are so remote
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
though that won't do much good either, for my wife insists on big
dinners." St. George turned it over further, but then went on:
"You must come down and see us in the country, that's the best way;
we've plenty of room, and it isn't bad."
"You've a house in the country?" Paul asked enviously.
"Ah not like this! But we have a sort of place we go to - an hour
from Euston. That's one of the reasons."
"One of the reasons?"
"Why my books are so bad."
"You must tell me all the others!" Paul longingly laughed.
His friend made no direct rejoinder to this, but spoke again