|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Elixir of Life by Honore de Balzac:
Belvidero was giving a banquet to a prince of the house of Este.
A banquet in those times was a marvelous spectacle which only
royal wealth or the power of a mightly [sic] lord could furnish
forth. Seated about a table lit up with perfumed tapers, seven
laughter-loving women were interchanging sweet talk. The white
marble of the noble works of art about them stood out against the
red stucco walls, and made strong contrasts with the rich Turkey
carpets. Clad in satin, glittering with gold, and covered with
gems less brilliant than their eyes, each told a tale of
energetic passions as diverse as their styles of beauty. They
differed neither in their ideas nor in their language; but the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
by the crisp rustle of these emblems--she pushed out the sovereigns
as if the applicant were no more to her than one of the momentary,
the practically featureless, appearances in the great procession;
and this perhaps all the more from the very fact of the connexion
(only recognised outside indeed) to which she had lent herself with
ridiculous inconsequence. She recognised the others the less
because she had at last so unreservedly, so irredeemably,
recognised Mr. Mudge. However that might be, she was a little
ashamed of having to admit to herself that Mr. Mudge's removal to a
higher sphere--to a more commanding position, that is, though to a
much lower neighbourhood--would have been described still better as
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Where There's A Will by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
anyhow. I love you, Patty. I'm--I'm mad for you. I've loved
you hopelessly for so long that to-night, when there's a ray of
hope, I'm--I'm hardly sane. I--"
"Please!" she said.
"I love you so much that I waken at night just to say your
name, over and over, and when dawn comes through the windows--"
"You don't know what you are saying!" she said wildly. "I am--
"I welcome the daylight," he went on, talking very fast, "because
it means another day when I can see you. If it sounds foolish,
it's--it's really lots worse than it sounds, Patty."