|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
strength to tread the path I am about to enter. But it involves a
happiness that will last throughout our lives, will it not?"
Luigi answered by a smile, and pressed her hand.
Ginevra comprehended that true love could despise all vulgar
protestations at such a moment. This calm and restrained expression of
his feelings foreshadowed, in some sense, their strength and their
The destiny of the pair was then and there decided. Ginevra foresaw a
cruel struggle, but the idea of abandoning Luigi--an idea which may
have floated in her soul--vanished completely. His forever, she
dragged him suddenly, with a desperate sort of energy, from her
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
Hortense, as she embraced her mother, exchanged with her a few
whispered phrases, heart to heart, of which the mystery was betrayed
to Lisbeth by certain shakes of the head.
"Adeline, like me, must work for her living," thought Cousin Betty.
"She shall be made to tell me what she will do! Those pretty fingers
will know at last, like mine, what it is to work because they must."
At six o'clock the family party went in to dinner. A place was laid
"Leave it so," said the Baroness to Mariette, "monsieur sometimes
comes in late."
"Oh, my father will certainly come," said Victorin to his mother. "He
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
the mere instruments of sexual indulgence, to sink into a condition of
complete and helpless sex-parasitism.
Sex-parasitism, therefore, presents itself at the end of the nineteenth
century and beginning of the twentieth in a guise which it has never before
worn. We, the European women of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
stand therefore in a position the gravity and importance of which was not
equalled by that of any of our forerunners in the ancient civilisation. As
we master and rise above, or fall and are conquered by, the difficulties of
our position, so also will be the future, not merely of our own class, or
even of our own race alone, but also of those vast masses who are following
on in the wake of our civilisation. The decision we are called on to make