|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
He heard the scraping of the padded feet upon the rocky floor.
He knew the thing was charging down upon him once again,
but he could see nothing.
Yet, if he could not see his antagonist, neither could
his antagonist now see him.
Leaping, as he thought, to the exact centre of the tunnel,
he held his sword point ready on a line with the
beast's chest. It was all that he could do, hoping that
chance might send the point into the savage heart as he
went down beneath the great body.
So quickly was the thing over that Carthoris could
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Hidden Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac:
painter. He drew back into a corner of the landing and made room for
the new-comer; looking at him attentively and hoping to find either
the frank good-nature of the artistic temperament, or the serviceable
disposition of those who promote the arts. But on the contrary he
fancied he saw something diabolical in the expression of the old man's
face,--something, I know not what, which has the quality of alluring
the artistic mind.
Imagine a bald head, the brow full and prominent and falling with deep
projection over a little flattened nose turned up at the end like the
noses of Rabelais and Socrates; a laughing, wrinkled mouth; a short
chin boldly chiselled and garnished with a gray beard cut into a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Herodias by Gustave Flaubert:
Mannaeus descended from the pavilion, took the charger from the woman,
and exhibited the head to the Roman captains, then to all the guests
on that side of the hall.
They looked at it curiously.
The sharp blade of the sword had cut into the jaw with a swift
downward stroke. The corners of the mouth were drawn, as if by a
convulsion. Clots of blood besprinkled the beard. The closed eyelids
had a shell-like transparency, and the candelabra on every side
lighted up the gruesome object with terrible distinctness.
Mannaeus arrived at the table where the priests were seated. One of