|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
[Saturday, 3rd Oct.]
The wind being west to-day, the weather was very
favourable for operations at the rock, and during the morning
and evening tides, with the aid of torchlight, the masons had
seven hours' work upon the site of the building. The smiths
and joiners, who landed at half-past six a.m., did not leave
the rock till a quarter-past eleven p.m., having been at work,
with little intermission, for sixteen hours and three-
quarters. When the water left the rock, they were employed at
the lower parts of the beacon, and as the tide rose or fell,
they shifted the place of their operations. From these
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
anyone else to whom you could attribute the extraordinary doings we
want to account for."
"I shall discover them."
"Ah, Harry! Harry! it's not so easy to catch the spirits
of New Aberfoyle!"
"I shall find out the spirits as you call them," said Harry,
in a tone of firm conviction.
"Do you expect to be able to punish them?"
"Both punish and reward. Remember, if one hand shut us up
in that passage, another hand delivered us! I shall not
soon forget that."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
Mademoiselle de Watteville had been declared legally of age; she was,
in fact, not far from one-and-twenty. Her mother, to settle with her
finally, had resigned her claims on les Rouxey, and the daughter had
signed a release for all the inheritance of the Baron de Watteville.
Rosalie encouraged her mother to marry the Comte de Soulas and settle
all her own fortune on him.
"Let us each be perfectly free," she said.
Madame de Soulas, who had been uneasy as to her daughter's intentions,
was touched by this liberality, and made her a present of six thousand
francs a year in the funds as conscience money. As the Comtesse de
Soulas had an income of forty-eight thousand francs from her own