|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
calls for water, they say----"
"We may as well give up," said the physician, addressing the
surgeon. "Nothing more can be done now; the case is hopeless."
Bianchon and the house surgeon stretched the dying man out again
on his loathsome bed.
"But the sheets ought to be changed," added the physician. "Even
if there is no hope left, something is due to human nature. I
shall come back again, Bianchon," he said, turning to the medical
student. "If he complains again, rub some laudanum over the
He went, and the house surgeon went with him.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
shorter and shorter, and their mouths (which they seemed to be
sorry for, because they could not gobble so expeditiously)
smaller and smaller, and how one and another began to stand
upon his hind legs, and scratch his nose with his fore
trotters. At first the spectators hardly knew whether to call
them hogs or men, but by and by came to the conclusion that
they rather resembled the latter. Finally, there stood the
twenty-two comrades of Ulysses, looking pretty much the same as
when they left the vessel.
You must not imagine, however, that the swinish quality had
entirely gone out of them. When once it fastens itself into a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mayflower Compact:
of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact,
constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances,
Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time,
as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the
Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise
all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names
at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our
Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland,
the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth,
Anno. Domini, 1620.