|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
people's money. We were giving monsieur Celeste, and that's a good
deal more than ten thousand francs."
La Peyrade was too great a comedian not to turn the humiliation he had
just endured into a scene finale. With tears in his voice, which
presently fell from his eyes, he turned to Brigitte.
"Mademoiselle," he said, "when I had the honor to be received by you I
was poor; you long saw me suffering and ill at ease, knowing, alas!
too well, the indignities that poverty must bear. From the day that I
was able to give you a fortune which I never thought of for myself I
have felt, it is true, more assurance; and your own kindness
encouraged me to rise out of my timidity and depression. To-day, when
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Soul of a Bishop by H. G. Wells:
antiquated Alexandrian subtleties and phrases and ideas that may
have been quite alive, quite significant, quite adequate in Asia
Minor or Egypt, among men essentially orientals, fifteen hundred
years ago, but which now--Ä
He expressed just what they came to now by a gesture.
She echoed his gesture.
"Probably I'm not alone among my brethren," he went on, and
then: "But what is one to do?"
With her hands she acted her sense of his difficulty.
"One may be precipitate," he said. "There's a kind of loyalty
and discipline that requires one to keep the ranks until one's
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
among whom was Rastignac.
"That is right; it is well that you are faithful to him," said Jacques
Collin to his old acquaintance.
Rastignac started with surprise at seeing Vautrin.
"Be calm," said his old fellow-boarder at Madame Vauquer's. "I am your
slave, if only because I find you here. My help is not to be despised;
I am, or shall be, more powerful than ever. You slipped your cable,
and you did it very cleverly; but you may need me yet, and I will
always be at your service.
"But what are you going to do?"
"To supply the hulks with lodgers instead of lodging there," replied