|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
in readiness,' and he went.
" 'There goes one who looks to me to be as stupid as an honest man,'
Gobseck said coolly when the Count had gone.
" 'Say rather stupid as a man of passionate nature.'
" 'The Count owes you your fee for drawing up the agreement!' Gobseck
called after me as I took my leave.
"One morning, a few days after the scene which initiated me into the
terrible depths beneath the surface of the life of a woman of fashion,
the Count came into my private office.
" 'I have come to consult you on a matter of grave moment,' he said,
'and I begin by telling you that I have perfect confidence in you, as
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
about him. I do wish General Boulanger would keep quiet. Duchess,
I am sure you are tired?'
'Not at all, dear Gladys,' answered the Duchess, waddling towards
the door. 'I have enjoyed myself immensely, and the cheiropodist,
I mean the cheiromantist, is most interesting. Flora, where can my
tortoise-shell fan be? Oh, thank you, Sir Thomas, so much. And my
lace shawl, Flora? Oh, thank you, Sir Thomas, very kind, I'm
sure'; and the worthy creature finally managed to get downstairs
without dropping her scent-bottle more than twice.
All this time Lord Arthur Savile had remained standing by the
fireplace, with the same feeling of dread over him, the same
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
what has become of your hopeful grandson, as I have not seen him
since he assisted me to disarm after the action, a negligence
which deserveth the strapado?"
"He is not far from hence," said the wounded outlaw--"lift not
your hand upon him, for he is man enough to pay a yard of
leathern scourge with a foot of tempered steel."
"A most improper vaunt," said Sir Dugald; "but I owe you some
favours, Ranald, and therefore shall let it pass."
"And if you think you owe me anything," said the outlaw, "it is
in your power to requite me by granting me a boon."
"Friend Ranald," answered Dalgetty, "I have read of these boons