|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
"If they do not come?" repeated the old man, sobbing. "Why, I
shall be dead before then; I shall die in a fit of rage, of rage!
Anger is getting the better of me. I can see my whole life at
this minute. I have been cheated! They do not love me--they have
never loved me all their lives! It is all clear to me. They have
not come, and they will not come. The longer they put off their
coming, the less they are likely to give me this joy. I know
them. They have never cared to guess my disappointments, my
sorrows, my wants; they never cared to know my life; they will
have no presentiment of my death; they do not even know the
secret of my tenderness for them. Yes, I see it all now. I have
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Octopus by Frank Norris:
aside his journal and was once more writing verse.
He picked up his incomplete poem of "The Toilers," read it
hastily a couple of times to catch its swing, then the Idea of
the last verse--the Idea for which he so long had sought in vain--
abruptly springing to his brain, wrote it off without so much as
replenishing his pen with ink. He added still another verse,
bringing the poem to a definite close, resuming its entire
conception, and ending with a single majestic thought, simple,
noble, dignified, absolutely convincing.
Presley laid down his pen and leaned back in his chair, with the
certainty that for one moment he had touched untrod heights. His
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Nada the Lily by H. Rider Haggard:
Groan-maker with both hands and struck thrice. The first blow hewed
away the plumes and shield of Faku, and drive him back a spear's
length, the second missed its aim, the third and mightiest twisted in
his wet hands, so that the axe smote sideways. Nevertheless, it fell
full on the breast of the captain Faku, shattering his bones, and
sweeping him from the ledge of rock on to the slope beneath, where he
"It is finished with the daylight," said Umslopogaas, smiling grimly.
"Now, Dingaan, send more Slayers to seek your slain," and he turned to
find Nada in the cave.
But Faku the captain was not yet dead, though he was hurt to death. He
Nada the Lily