|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Eve and David by Honore de Balzac:
out that I am sick and ill, and take to my bed, like Duvicquet, to
save the trouble of replying to the pressing invitations of my
fellow-townsmen. My fellow-townsmen, dear boy, have treated me to
a fine serenade. MY FELLOW-TOWNSMEN, forsooth! I begin to wonder
how many fools go to make up that word, since I learned that two
or three of my old schoolfellows worked up the capital of the
Angoumois to this pitch of enthusiasm.
"If you could contrive to slip a few lines as to my reception in
among the news items, I should be several inches taller for it
here; and besides, I should make Mme. la Prefete feel that, if I
have not friends, I have some credit, at any rate, with the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey:
leader in war.
"What's the game?" demanded Hare.
"A fair trial for the rustlers, then a rope," replied John Caldwell. The
low ominous murmur swelled through the crowd again.
"There are two men here who have befriended me. I won't see them
"Pick them out!" A strange ripple of emotion made a fleeting break in
John Caldwell's hard face.
Hare eyed the prisoners.
"Nebraska, step out here," said he.
"I reckon you're mistaken," replied the rustler, his blue eyes intently
The Heritage of the Desert
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the glory of contest; it is tragic, but it is passive; and
yet, in so far as it is aleatory, and a peril sensibly
touching them, it does truly season the men's lives. Of
those who fail, I do not speak - despair should be sacred;
but to those who even modestly succeed, the changes of their
life bring interest: a job found, a shilling saved, a dainty
earned, all these are wells of pleasure springing afresh for
the successful poor; and it is not from these but from the
villa-dweller that we hear complaints of the unworthiness of
life. Much, then, as the average of the proletariat would
gain in this new state of life, they would also lose a