|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Ruling Passion by Henry van Dyke:
But the obedience of his followers was unwilling and sullen. There
was no love in it. Imagine an English captain, with a Boer company,
campaigning in the Ashantee country, and you will have a fair idea
of Pichou's position at Seven Islands.
He did not shrink from its responsibilities. There were certain
reforms in the community which seemed to him of vital importance,
and he put them through.
First of all, he made up his mind that there ought to be peace and
order on the village street. In the yards of the houses that were
strung along it there should be home rule, and every dog should deal
with trespassers as he saw fit. Also on the beach, and around the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ursula by Honore de Balzac:
them in the old man's mind.
While Ursula was playing variations on Weber's "Last Thought" to her
godfather, a plot was hatching in the Minoret-Levraults' dining-room
which was destined to have a lasting effect on the events of this
drama. The breakfast, noisy as all provincial breakfasts are, and
enlivened by excellent wines brought to Nemours by the canal either
from Burgundy or Touraine, lasted more than two hours. Zelie had sent
for oysters, salt-water fish, and other gastronomical delicacies to do
honor to Desire's return. The dining-room, in the center of which a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rezanov by Gertrude Atherton:
She is full of Russian and Boston goods. I shall
do my utmost to persuade your Governor to give
me of his corn and other farinaceous foods in ex-
change. It may be against your laws, and I am well
aware that for the treaty I must wait, but I beg
you in the name of humanity to point out to his ex-
cellency a way in which he can at the same time
relieve our necessities and placate his conscience."
"We will! We will!" cried Father Abella.
"Would that you had come in the disguise of a
common sea-captain, for we have hoodwinked the