|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
elderly lady, Mme. de Bonfalot--'
" 'Ah! Mme. de Bonfalot, charmed, I am sure. I am going there.'
"The pair accordingly went. Charles Edward came in with the lady,
every one believed that she had brought him with her. He took part in
the conversation, was lavish of his polished and brilliant wit. The
visit lengthened out. That was not what he wanted.
" 'Madame,' he said, addressing the fair stranger, 'do not forget that
your husband is waiting for us, and only allowed us a quarter of an
"Taken aback by such boldness (which, as you know, is never
displeasing to you women), led captive by the conqueror's glance, by
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Extracts From Adam's Diary by Mark Twain:
about the Falls, and I said to myself, "How wonderful it is to see
that vast body of water tumble down there!" Then in an instant a
bright thought flashed into my head, and I let it fly, saying, "It
would be a deal more wonderful to see it tumble up there!"--and I
was just about to kill myself with laughing at it when all nature
broke loose in war and death, and I had to flee for my life.
"There," she said, with triumph, "that is just it; the Serpent
mentioned that very jest, and called it the First Chestnut, and
said it was coeval with the creation." Alas, I am indeed to blame.
Would that I were not witty; oh, would that I had never had that
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
of Dejah Thoris for John Carter had been a great and wondrous love--
far above racial distinctions, creed, or religion.
As I gazed ruefully at the back of her haughty, royal head a
gate at the opposite end of the garden opened and a man entered.
As he did so he turned and slipped something into the hand of the
yellow guardsman beyond the gate, nor was the distance too great
that I might not see that money had passed between them.
Instantly I knew that this newcomer had bribed his way within
the garden. Then he turned in the direction of the two women,
The Warlord of Mars