|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Ferragus by Honore de Balzac:
"Hush!" she said, "our happiness depends upon our mutual silence."
"Ha! I /will/ know all!" he exclaimed, with sudden violence.
At that moment the cries of a woman were heard,--the yelping of a
shrill little voice came from the antechamber.
"I tell you I will go in!" it cried. "Yes, I shall go in; I will see
her! I shall see her!"
Jules and Clemence both ran to the salon as the door from the
antechamber was violently burst open. A young woman entered hastily,
followed by two servants, who said to their master:--
"Monsieur, this person would come in in spite of us. We told her that
madame was not at home. She answered that she knew very well madame
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 2 by Alexis de Toqueville:
yet sufficiently alike for him to be always confounding them. He
is afraid of ranging himself too high - still more is he afraid
of being ranged too low; this twofold peril keeps his mind
constantly on the stretch, and embarrasses all he says and does.
He learns from tradition that in Europe ceremonial observances
were infinitely varied according to different ranks; this
recollection of former times completes his perplexity, and he is
the more afraid of not obtaining those marks of respect which are
due to him, as he does not exactly know in what they consist. He
is like a man surrounded by traps: society is not a recreation
for him, but a serious toil: he weighs your least actions,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mother by Owen Wister:
selected to tell you. But I think the most appropriate of all is that
picture." He pointed to the largest picture on the wall. "'Breaking Home
Ties' is its title, I remember very well. It is a replica of the original
that drew such crowds in the Art Building at the World's Fair."
While Richard was saying this, his wife had possessed herself of the
newspaper, and he now observed how eagerly she was scanning its pages.
"It is the financial column, Ethel, that recalls my story."
Ethel, after a hopeless glance at this, resumed her seat near the sofa by
"There were many paintings," continued Richard, "in that Art Building, of
merit incomparably greater than 'Breaking Home Ties'; and yet the crowd