|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
second time Ivan Ogareff.
"No, it was not he," replied a second time Marfa
Strogoff. "Do you think that for anything in the world
I would deny a son whom God has given me?"
Ivan Ogareff regarded with an evil eye the old woman
who braved him to the face. He did not doubt but that
she had recognized her son in this young Siberian. Now
if this son had first renounced his mother, and if his mother
renounced him in her turn, it could occur only from the
most weighty motive. Ogareff had therefore no doubt that
the pretended Nicholas Korpanoff was Michael Strogoff,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Passion in the Desert by Honore de Balzac:
"Ah! mademoiselle, you are a nice girl, aren't you? Just look at that!
So we like to be made much of, don't we? Aren't you ashamed of
yourself? So you have been eating some Arab or other, have you? That
doesn't matter. They're animals just the same as you are; but don't
you take to eating Frenchmen, or I shan't like you any longer."
She played like a dog with its master, letting herself be rolled over,
knocked about, and stroked, alternately; sometimes she herself would
provoke the soldier, putting up her paw with a soliciting gesture.
Some days passed in this manner. This companionship permitted the
Provencal to appreciate the sublime beauty of the desert; now that he
had a living thing to think about, alternations of fear and quiet, and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Red Inn by Honore de Balzac:
fruit of the crime."
"This discussion is, in itself, a verdict. There are some things on
which a man does not deliberate," said my former guardian, who thought
to enlighten the assembly with a flash of inebriety.
"Yes!" said the secretary of an embassy.
"Yes!" said the priest.
But the two men did not mean the same thing.
A "doctrinaire," who had missed his election to the Chamber by one
hundred and fifty votes out of one hundred and fifty-five, here rose.
"Messieurs," he said, "this phenomenal incident of intellectual nature
is one of those which stand out vividly from the normal condition to