|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
halcyon visions with a sparkling eye. He was no longer
conscious of the hated foe beneath his feet; they trod
instead elastic upon the clouds.
The sound of someone moving about in the hallway outside,
and of trying a door near by, suddenly caught his attention.
He stood still and listened with alertness for a surprised
instant, then shrugged his shoulders and began moving again.
It must be nearly seven o'clock; although the allotment
work had kept the clerks later than usual that day,
everybody connected with the offices had certainly gone home.
He realized that his nerves had played him a trick in
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
"Yes. I just missed arresting him near Saint-Sulpice. But I followed
him into the church, where I heard your Signora Luigia."
"Ah!" said Jacqueline, "she has made up her mind at last, and has left
that imbecile of a sculptor."
"It is about her that I have come to talk to you," said Vautrin. "Here
are the facts. The Italian opera season in London has begun badly,--
their prima donna is taken ill. Sir Francis Drake, the impresario,
arrived in Paris yesterday, at the Hotel des Princes, rue de
Richelieu, in search of a prima donna, at any rate /pro tem/. I have
been to see him in the interests of the signora. Sir Francis Drake is
an Englishman, very bald, with a red nose, and long yellow teeth. He
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
And Robin, like a boastful sailor,
Despised the other for a tailor.
'See,' he remarked, 'with envy, see
A man with such a fist as me!
Bearded and ringed, and big, and brown,
I sit and toss the stingo down.
Hear the gold jingle in my bag -
All won beneath the Jolly Flag!'
Ben moralised and shook his head:
'You wanderers earn and eat your bread.
The foe is found, beats or is beaten,