|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
had very extravagant ideas about life and the world; but now," she
added pointedly, looking at him in a perfectly distracting way, "I
know where true riches are to be found for a wife."
"I must believe that you are speaking from the depths of your heart,"
he said, with gentle gravity. "But this winter, my dear Emilie, in
less than two months perhaps, I may be proud of what I shall have to
offer you if you care for the pleasures of wealth. This is the only
secret I shall keep locked here," and he laid his hand on his heart,
"for on its success my happiness depends. I dare not say ours."
"Yes, yes, ours!"
Exchanging such sweet nothings, they slowly made their way back to
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from War and the Future by H. G. Wells:
modern warfare can be got by combing out the cavalry, the brewing
and distilling industries, the theatres and music halls, and the
like unproductive occupations. The under-staffing of munition
works, the diminution of their efficiency by the use of aged and
female labour, is the straight course to failure in this war.
In X, in the forges and machine shops, I saw already too large a
proportion of boys and grey heads.
War is a thing that changes very rapidly, and we have in the
Tanks only the first of a great series of offensive developments.
They are bound to be improved, at a great pace. The method of
using them will change very rapidly. Any added invention will
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
heard of you and your sack of gold before;' and then he would look
"And in the meantime, while you are running on with your jokes, the
money is still here, and it is fast getting along toward burglar-
"True. Very well, what shall we do--make the inquiry private? No,
not that; it would spoil the romance. The public method is better.
Think what a noise it will make! And it will make all the other
towns jealous; for no stranger would trust such a thing to any town
but Hadleyburg, and they know it. It's a great card for us. I must
get to the printing-office now, or I shall be too late."
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg