|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
by his side."
This clearly is a study from life, a leaf from
Tolstoy's "Crimean Journal " It harmonises
with the point of view revealed in the "Letters
from Sebastopol" (especially in the second and
third series), and shows, like them, the change
effected by the realities of war in the intolerant
young aristocrat, who previously excluded all but
the comme-il-faut from his consideration. With
widened outlook and new ideals he returned to St.
Petersburg at the close of the Crimean campaign,
The Forged Coupon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
understood almost all the languages in usage from Tartary
to the Sea of Ice. As to the exact signification of the
words he had heard, he did not trouble his head. For why
should it interest him?
It was already late when he thought of returning to his
inn to take some repose. He followed, as he did so, the
course of the Volga, whose waters were almost hidden un-
der the countless number of boats floating on its bosom.
An hour after, Michael Strogoff was sleeping soundly
on one of those Russian beds which always seem so hard
to strangers, and on the morrow, the 17th of July, he awoke
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ivanhoe by Walter Scott:
bundle of myrrh, and a cluster of camphire.''
``We shall cheer her sorrows,'' said Prince John,
``and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman.
She seems a minor, and must therefore be
at our royal disposal in marriage.---How sayst thou,
De Bracy? What thinkst thou of gaining fair
lands and livings, by wedding a Saxon, after the
fashion of the followers of the Conqueror?''
``If the lands are to my liking, my lord,'' answered
De Bracy, ``it will be hard to displease me with a
bride; and deeply will I hold myself bound to your