|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
battlements thus surrounded Carthage like monstrous vultures; and the
Negroes laughed to see the guards on the rampart dying in grievous
Hamilcar sent hoplites to these posts, and every morning made them
drink the juice of certain herbs which protected them against the
One evening when it was dark he embarked the best of his soldiers on
lighters and planks, and turning to the right of the harbour,
disembarked on the Taenia. Then he advanced to the first lines of the
Barbarians, and taking them in flank, made a great slaughter. Men
hanging to ropes would descend at night from the top of the wall with
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling:
with the Castries. It would have weighted his after-career less--
even under a Government which never forgets and NEVER forgives.
Everybody saw this but Peythroppe. He was going to marry Miss
Castries, he was--being of age and drawing a good income--and woe
betide the house that would not afterwards receive Mrs. Virginie
Saulez Peythroppe with the deference due to her husband's rank.
That was Peythroppe's ultimatum, and any remonstrance drove him
These sudden madnesses most afflict the sanest men. There was a
case once--but I will tell you of that later on. You cannot account
for the mania, except under a theory directly contradicting the one
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
to have done with her. He had a score of projects for
her betterment, each capable of as many variations and eager
adaptations to suit her fancy, but to them all and sundry she
opposed a barrier of stupidly passive negation. There was
nothing she wanted done for her. She would not exchange
the work she had been brought up in for a life of idleness.
She did not want, and would not know what to do with,
a bigger shop than she had. An augmentation of her capital
would be of no use, because there was no room in the
crowded little shop for a larger stock than it contained.
She was entirely satisfied with the dingy home overhead,