|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Another Study of Woman by Honore de Balzac:
advantages due to good fortune, but of which we are all as proud as of
a conquest. I must be silent as to the rest.--Like all youths, I was
in love with a woman six years older than myself. No one of you here,"
said he, looking carefully round the table, "can suspect her name or
recognize her. Ronquerolles alone, at the time, ever guessed my
secret. He had kept it well, but I should have feared his smile.
However, he is gone," said the Minister, looking round.
"He would not stay to supper," said Madame de Nucingen.
"For six months, possessed by my passion," de Marsay went on, "but
incapable of suspecting that it had overmastered me, I had abandoned
myself to that rapturous idolatry which is at once the triumph and the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
Vauquer's boarding house. When he first came there he had taken
the rooms now occupied by Mme. Couture; he had paid twelve
hundred francs a year like a man to whom five louis more or less
was a mere trifle. For him Mme. Vauquer had made various
improvements in the three rooms destined for his use, in
consideration of a certain sum paid in advance, so it was said,
for the miserable furniture, that is to say, for some yellow
cotton curtains, a few chairs of stained wood covered with
Utrecht velvet, several wretched colored prints in frames, and
wall papers that a little suburban tavern would have disdained.
Possibly it was the careless generosity with which Father Goriot
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
Several women have adopted the profession
of sword-swallowing, and some have won much
more than a passing fame. Notable among
these is Mlle. Edith Clifford, who is, perhaps,
the most generously endowed. Possessed of
more than ordinary personal charms, a refined
taste for dressing both herself and her stage,
and an unswerving devotion to her art, she
has perfected an act that has found favor even
in the Royal Courts of Europe.
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods