|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
if he can go mahogany; and won't take in mahogany if he can go an iron
casket with silver door-plate and bronze handles. That's a coffin.
And there's one thing in this world which you don't have to worry
around after a person to get him to pay for. And that's a coffin.
Undertaking?--why it's the dead-surest business in Christendom,
and the nobbiest.
'Why, just look at it. A rich man won't have anything but your very best;
and you can just pile it on, too--pile it on and sock it to him--he won't
ever holler. And you take in a poor man, and if you work him right he'll
bust himself on a single lay-out. Or especially a woman. F'r instance:
Mrs. O'Flaherty comes in--widow--wiping her eyes and kind of moaning.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Purse by Honore de Balzac:
consider what was going on around him. As confiding as a child,
it seemed to him base to analyze a pleasure.
After a short lapse of time he perceived that the old lady and
her daughter were playing cards with the old gentleman. As to the
satellite, faithful to his function as a shadow, he stood behind
his friend's chair watching his game, and answering the player's
mute inquiries by little approving nods, repeating the
questioning gestures of the other countenance.
"Du Halga, I always lose," said the gentleman.
"You discard badly," replied the Baronne de Rouville.
"For three months now I have never won a single game," said he.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Agesilaus by Xenophon:
such an incident does not reveal on the face of it the self-respect of
the man, and that of no vulgar order. Megabates, who looked upon
himself as in some sense dishonoured, for the future endeavoured not
to offend in like sort again. Whereupon Agesilaus appealed to one
who was his comrade to persuade Megabates again to honour him with his
regard; and the comrade, so appealed to, demanding, "If I persuade
him, will you bestow on him a kiss?" Agesilaus fell into a silence,
but presently exclaimed: "No, by the Twins, not if I might this very
instant become the swiftest-footed, strongest, and handsomest of
men. And as to that battle I swear by all the gods I would far
rather fight it over again than that everything on which I set my eyes