|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
along the road were not only empty, some had been partly
demolished, others half burnt down. The marks of bullets
could be seen on their walls.
Michael's anxiety may be imagined. He could no longer
doubt that a party of Tartars had recently passed that way,
and yet it was impossible that they could be the Emir's
soldiers, for they could not have passed without being seen.
But then, who were these new invaders, and by what out-
of-the-way path across the steppe had they been able to join
the highroad to Irkutsk? With what new enemies was the
Czar's courier now to meet?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Deserted Woman by Honore de Balzac:
she scarcely opened her mouth, but her rent-roll of forty thousand
livres spoke quite sufficiently for her. Mme. de Nueil, with a
mother's sincere affection, tried to entangle her son in virtuous
courses. She called his attention to the fact that it was a flattering
distinction to be preferred by Mlle. de la Rodiere, who had refused so
many great matches; it was quite time, she urged, that he should think
of his future, such a good opportunity might not repeat itself, some
day he would have eighty thousand livres of income from land; money
made everything bearable; if Mme. de Beauseant loved him for his own
sake, she ought to be the first to urge him to marry. In short, the
well-intentioned mother forgot no arguments which the feminine
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
disgraceful and human in her betrayal. She and her half-brother
lied in perfect concord, and I was presented as a wanton
assailant of my social betters. They were waiting about in the
Warren, when I came up and spoke to them, etc.
On the whole, I now perceive Lady Drew's decisions were, in the
light of the evidence, reasonable and merciful.
They were conveyed to me by my mother, who was, I really believe,
even more shocked by the grossness of my social insubordination
than Lady Drew. She dilated on her ladyship's kindnesses to me,
on the effrontery and wickedness of my procedure, and so came at
last to the terms of my penance. "You must go up to young Mr.