|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton:
been called home by the dreadful accident of which Susy had
probably read in the daily papers. He added that he would write
again from England, and then--in a blotted postscript--: "I
wanted uncommonly badly to see you for good-bye, but the hour
was impossible. Regards to Nick. Do write me just a word to
The other two letters, which came together in the afternoon,
were both from Genoa. Susy scanned the addresses and fell upon
the one in her husband's writing. Her hand trembled so much
that for a moment she could not open the envelope. When she had
done so, she devoured the letter in a flash, and then sat and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
simply wound about her head, she now curled and braided. Her dress
showed some research. The vine which was running wild and naturally
among the branches of the old elm, was transplanted, cut and trained
over a green and pretty trellis.
After the return of old Sauviat (then seventy years of age) from a
trip to Paris in December, 1822, the vicar came to see him one
evening, and after a few insignificant remarks he said suddenly:--
"You had better think of marrying your daughter, Sauviat. At your age
you ought not to put off the accomplishment of so important a duty."
"But is Veronique willing to be married?" asked the old man, startled.
"As you please, father," she said, lowering her eyes.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the sight set my mind upon a train of thought, as I finished
my cigar up and down the lighted streets.
He is old, but all these years have not yet quenched his
thirst for evil, and his eyes still delight themselves in
wickedness. He is dumb; but he will not let that hinder his
foul trade, or perhaps I should say, his yet fouler
amusement, and he has pressed a slate into the service of
corruption. Look at him, and he will sign to you with his
bloated head, and when you go to him in answer to the sign,
thinking perhaps that the poor dumb man has lost his way, you
will see what he writes upon his slate. He haunts the doors