|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
packing-case. The bulk of the work had been accomplished; and
presently Julia had burst through the last barrier and disclosed
a zone of straw. in a moment they were kneeling side by side,
engaged like haymakers; the next they were rewarded with a
glimpse of something white and polished; and the next again laid
bare an unmistakable marble leg.
'He is surely a very athletic person,' said Julia.
'I never saw anything like it,' responded Gideon. 'His muscles
stand out like penny rolls.'
Another leg was soon disclosed, and then what seemed to be a
third. This resolved itself, however, into a knotted club resting
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Second Home by Honore de Balzac:
experience, or to a husband's warnings; but nothing can counteract
false ideas of religion. An eternity of happiness to be won, set in
the scale against worldly enjoyment, triumphs over everything and
makes every pang endurable. Is it not the apotheosis of egotism, of
Self beyond the grave? Thus even the Pope was censured at the tribunal
of the priest and the young devotee. To be always in the right is a
feeling which absorbs every other in these tyrannous souls.
For some time past a secret struggle had been going on between the
ideas of the husband and wife, and the young man was soon weary of a
battle to which there could be no end. What man, what temper, can
endure the sight of a hypocritically affectionate face and categorical
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Aspern Papers by Henry James:
as well as hereafter, perhaps you'll say! Meanwhile, John Cumnor
will bombard me with letters addressed, in my feigned name,
to the care of the padrona."
"She will recognize his hand," my companion suggested.
"On the envelope he can disguise it."
"Well, you're a precious pair! Doesn't it occur to you that even if you
are able to say you are not Mr. Cumnor in person they may still suspect
you of being his emissary?"
"Certainly, and I see only one way to parry that."
"And what may that be?"
I hesitated a moment. "To make love to the niece."