|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
tongues of fire. She began to walk about, striving to shake off the
horrible torpor which laid hold of her; but, like one asleep, no
object appeared to her under its natural form or in its own colors.
She grasped the hand of the little boy with a violence not natural to
her, dragging him along with such precipitate steps that she seemed to
have the motions of a madwoman. She saw neither persons nor things in
the salon as she crossed it, and yet she was saluted by three men who
made way to let her pass.
"That must be she," said one of them.
"She is very handsome," exclaimed another, who was a priest.
"Yes," replied the first; "but how pale and agitated--"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
something else than a society for mutual improvement -
indeed, it must only be that by the way, and to some extent
unconsciously; and if Thoreau had been a man instead of a
manner of elm-tree, he would have felt that he saw his
friends too seldom, and have reaped benefits unknown to his
philosophy from a more sustained and easy intercourse. We
might remind him of his own words about love: "We should have
no reserve; we should give the whole of ourselves to that
business. But commonly men have not imagination enough to be
thus employed about a human being, but must be coopering a
barrel, forsooth." Ay, or reading oriental philosophers. It
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
"When thou appearest, quietness is spread abroad upon the earth; the
flowers close, the waves are soothed, wearied man stretches his breast
toward thee, and the world with its oceans and mountains looks at
itself in thy face as in a mirror. Thou art white, gentle, luminous,
immaculate, helping, purifying, serene!"
The crescent of the moon was then over the mountain of the Hot
Springs, in the hollow formed by its two summits, on the other side of
the gulf. Below it there was a little star, and all around it a pale
circle. Salammbo went on:
"But thou art a terrible mistress!--Monsters, terrifying phantoms, and