|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:
"We shall have to take down this infernal bar, which cost such trouble
to put up. Why should everybody be made to move for the man who comes
last? We all have a right to the places we took. What place has
monsieur engaged? Come, find that out! Haven't you a way-book, a
register, or something? What place has Monsieur Lecomte engaged?--
count of what, I'd like to know."
"Monsieur le comte," said Pierrotin, visibly troubled, "I am afraid
you will be uncomfortable."
"Why didn't you keep better count of us?" said Mistigris. "'Short
counts make good ends.'"
"Mistigris, behave yourself," said his master.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin:
and by dividing the great and lofty hall into stories, and different
rooms above and below for the several schools, and purchasing some
additional ground, the whole was soon made fit for our purpose,
and the scholars remov'd into the building. The care and trouble
of agreeing with the workmen, purchasing materials, and superintending
the work, fell upon me; and I went thro' it the more cheerfully,
as it did not then interfere with my private business, having the
year before taken a very able, industrious, and honest partner,
Mr. David Hall, with whose character I was well acquainted, as he
had work'd for me four years. He took off my hands all care of
the printing-office, paying me punctually my share of the profits.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Gambara by Honore de Balzac:
curiosity, he would perform on an instrument that contained all the
elements of a complete orchestra, and which he called a
"If it is the machine in that huge case, which brings down on us the
complaints of the neighborhood whenever you work at it, you will not
play on it long," said Giardini. "The police will interfere. Remember
"If that poor idiot stays in the room," said Gambara in a whisper to
the Count, "I cannot possibly play."
Andrea dismissed the cook, promising a handsome reward if he would
keep watch outside and hinder the neighbors or the police from