|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
vicinity; it being the custom of the valorous Gustavus Adolphus
to fight as much by the spade and shovel, as by sword, pike, and
musket. Also, I would advise you to fortify the said sconce, not
only by a foussie, or graffe, but also by certain stackets, or
palisades."--(Here Sir Duncan, becoming impatient, left the
apartment, the Captain following him to the door, and raising his
voice as he retreated, until he was fairly out of hearing.)--"The
whilk stackets, or palisades, should be artificially framed with
re-entering angles and loop-holes, or crenelles, for musketry,
whereof it shall arise that the foeman--The Highland brute! the
old Highland brute! They are as proud as peacocks, and as
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
the marble miracle which rose before me, cunningly wrought as a
casket of ivory and enriched with jewel-like incrustations and
tarnished gleams of gold, I felt myself borne onward along a
mighty current, whose source seemed to be in the very beginning
of things, and whose tremendous waters gathered as they went all
the mingled streams of human passion and endeavor. Life in all
its varied manifestations of beauty and strangeness seemed
weaving a rhythmical dance around me as I moved, and wherever the
spirit of man had passed I knew that my foot had once been
"As I gazed the mediaeval bosses of the tabernacle of Orcagna
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Study of a Woman by Honore de Balzac:
gave you Saturday?"
Joseph became stolid. Like a statue in some cathedral porch, he stood
motionless, entirely absorbed in the labors of imagination. Suddenly
he smiled idiotically, and said:--
"Monsieur, one was for the Marquise de Listomere, the other was for
"You are certain of what you say?"
Joseph was speechless. I saw plainly that I must interfere, as I
happened to be again in Eugene's apartment.
"Joseph is right," I said.
Eugene turned and looked at me.