|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
which the hues of the sinking sun wrapped in a haze of red and brown.
This touch of natural magic lent a certain solemnity to the moment.
The young man's free and eager action, and, above all, the throbbing
of his surging heart, whose hurried beating spoke to Emilie's arm,
stirred her to an emotion that was all the more disturbing because it
was produced by the simplest and most innocent circumstances. The
restraint under which the young girls of the upper class live gives
incredible force to any explosion of feeling, and to meet an
impassioned lover is one of the greatest dangers they can encounter.
Never had Emilie and Maximilien allowed their eyes to say so much that
they dared never speak. Carried a way by this intoxication, they
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
sacrifice of Gideon (Judg. vi, 21), the burnt
offering of David (1 Chron. xxxi, 26), and
that at the dedication of King Solomon's
temple (Chron. vii, 1). And when Elijah made
his sacrifice to prove that Baal was not God,
``the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the
burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones,
and the dust and the water that was in the
trench.'' (1 Kings, xviii, 38.)
Since sacrifice had from the earliest days
been considered as food offered to the gods,
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
in the hollow of his left arm and his right around
the youth's shoulder.
"Gee, it must hurt like thunder!" he said.
The youth leaned heavily upon his friend.
"Yes, it hurts--hurts a good deal," he replied.
There was a faltering in his voice.
"Oh," said the corporal. He linked his arm
in the youth's and drew him forward. "Come
on, Henry. I'll take keer 'a yeh."
As they went on together the loud private
called out after them: "Put 'im t' sleep in my
The Red Badge of Courage