|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson:
The ruinous donjon as a knoll of moss,
The battlement overtopt with ivytods,
A home of bats, in every tower an owl.
Then spake the men of Pellam crying 'Lord,
Why wear ye this crown-royal upon shield?'
Said Balin 'For the fairest and the best
Of ladies living gave me this to bear.'
So stalled his horse, and strode across the court,
But found the greetings both of knight and King
Faint in the low dark hall of banquet: leaves
Laid their green faces flat against the panes,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
hundred thousand francs of debt in Paris. Do you think a woman is
grateful to them for it? Far from it. She declares that she has
sacrificed her position for them, and that while she was with
them she was losing money. These details seem to you shocking?
Well, they are true. You are a very nice fellow; I like you very
much. I have lived with these women for twenty years; I know what
they are worth, and I don't want to see you take the caprice that
a pretty girl has for you too seriously.
"Then, besides that," continued Prudence; "admit that Marguerite
loves you enough to give up the count or the duke, in case one of
them were to discover your liaison and to tell her to choose
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Two Brothers by Honore de Balzac:
"You are sleepy; I'll go away."
"No, stay; there's something serious going on."
"Were you up to some mischief last night?"
"Ah, bah! It concerns you and me and that old fool. You never told me
he had a family! Well, his family are coming,--coming here,--no doubt
to turn us out, neck and crop."
"Ah! I'll shake him well," said Flore.
"Mademoiselle Brazier," said Max gravely, "things are too serious for
giddiness. Send me my coffee; I'll take it in bed, where I'll think
over what we had better do. Come back at nine o'clock, and we'll talk