|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan by Honore de Balzac:
his conduct inspired from the fear of making two powerful enemies.
"This is not the first time we have seen that your character equals
your talent in grandeur," said Blondet. "You behaved just now more
like a demi-god than a man. Not to have been carried away by your
heart or your imagination, not to have taken up the defence of a
beloved woman--a fault they were enticing you to commit, because it
would have given those men of society eaten up with jealousy of your
literary fame a triumph over you--ah! give me leave to say you have
attained the height of private statesmanship."
"Yes, you are a statesman," said Nathan. "It is as clever as it is
difficult to avenge a woman without defending her."
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Life in the Iron-Mills by Rebecca Davis:
Deborah did not speak. At last she ventured nearer, and touched
"Blood?" she said, looking at some spots on his coat with a
He looked up at her, "Why, Deb!" he said, smiling,--such a
bright, boyish smile, that it Went to poor Deborah's heart
directly, and she sobbed and cried out loud.
"Oh, Hugh, lad! Hugh! dunnot look at me, when it wur my fault!
To think I brought hur to it! And I loved hur so! Oh lad, I
The confession, even In this wretch, came with the woman's blush
Life in the Iron-Mills
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
yet all were alike in fitness to their place, in harmony with one
in the addition which each made to the singular and tranquil
As the little company came, one by one, to the mansions which
prepared for them, and their Guide beckoned to the happy
to enter in and take possession, there was a soft murmur of joy,
half wonder and half recognition; as if the new and immortal