|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Sarrasine by Honore de Balzac:
playfulness, the secret of which only a few privileged women possess.
"/Addio, addio!/" she said, with the sweetest inflection of her young
She added to the last syllable a wonderfully executed trill, in a very
low tone, as if to depict the overflowing affection of her heart by a
poetic expression. The old man, suddenly arrested by some memory,
remained on the threshold of that secret retreat. In the profound
silence we heard the sigh that came forth form his breast; he removed
the most beautiful of the rings with which his skeleton fingers were
laden, and placed it in Marianina's bosom. The young madcap laughed,
plucked out the ring, slipped it on one of her fingers over her glove,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Pocket Diary Found in the Snow by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
have taken them up to the fourth and fifth of December and left them
here with the body."
"You are more clever even than I thought," said the detective dryly
as he heard the commissioner's steps behind him. Muller put a
whistle to his lips and its shrill tone ran through the house,
calling up the policeman who stood by the door.
Egon Langen's face was grey with pallor, his features were
distorted, and yet there was the ghost of a smile on his lips as
he saw his captors enter the door. He put his hand out, raised
his handkerchief hastily and then a wild scream echoed through the
room, a scream that ended in a ghastly groan.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
have failed to note long ago that at least a third of his
salary must have gone up in the fumes of those imported
"Teddy," said Octavia, suddenly, and rather sharply,
"what are you working down here on a ranch for?"
"One hundred per," said Teddy, glibly, "and found."
"I've a good mind to discharge you."
"Can't do it," said Teddy, with a grin.
"Why not?" demanded Octavia, with argumentative
"Under contract. Terms of sale respect all unexpired