|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
"But suppose the matter is serious?" cried Thuillier, in great
"Well, I should say, what is perfectly true, that I had never read a
line of your pamphlet. One thing is very annoying; those damned juries
hate beards, and I must cut off mine if I'm compelled to appear in
"Come, my dear amphitryon, sit down again," said the editor of the
"Echo de la Bievre," "we'll stand by you; I've already written an
article in my head which will stir up all the tanners in Paris; and,
let me tell you, that honorable corporation is a power."
"No, monsieur," replied Thuillier, "no; a man like me cannot rest an
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard:
Then he clapped his hands, and a servant appeared from somewhere behind
the hut, one of those fierce-looking men who had stopped us at the gate.
He saluted the dwarf and stood before him in silence and with bowed
"Make two fires," said Zikali, "and give me my medicine."
The man fetched wood, which he built into two little piles in front of
Zikali. These piles he fired with a brand brought from behind the hut.
Then he handed his master a catskin bag.
"Withdraw," said Zikali, "and return no more till I summon you, for I am
about to prophesy. If, however, I should seem to die, bury me to-morrow
Child of Storm
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
queen may well love him, and Devon be proud of him: but book-
learning is not business: book-learning didn't get me round the
world; book-learning didn't make Captain Hawkins, nor his father
neither, the best ship-builders from Hull to Cadiz; and book-
learning, I very much fear, won't plant Newfoundland."
However, the die was cast, and the little fleet of five sail
assembled in Cawsand Bay. Amyas was to go as a gentleman
adventurer on board of Raleigh's bark; Raleigh himself, however, at
the eleventh hour, had been forbidden by the queen to leave
England. Ere they left, Sir Humphrey Gilbert's picture was painted
by some Plymouth artist, to be sent up to Elizabeth in answer to a