|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
just come, no doubt, from a wedding or a ball; for at this early hour
he had in his hand a pair of white gloves, and his black hair, now out
of curl, and flowing over his shoulders, showed that it had been
dressed /a la Caracalla/, a fashion introduced as much by David's
school of painting as by the mania for Greek and Roman styles which
characterized the early years of this century.
In spite of the noise made by a few market gardeners, who, being late,
rattled past towards the great market-place at a gallop, the busy
street lay in a stillness of which the magic charm is known only to
those who have wandered through deserted Paris at the hours when its
roar, hushed for a moment, rises and spreads in the distance like the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"Yes. From Richey McKnight," I assented. Was it any wonder
McKnight was crazy about her? I dug my heels into the dust.
"I have been visiting near Cresson, in the mountains," Miss West
was saying. "The person you mentioned, Mrs. Curtis, was my hostess.
We - we were on our way to Washington together." She spoke slowly,
as if she wished to give the minimum of explanation. Across her
face had come again the baffling expression of perplexity and
trouble I had seen before.
"You were on your way home, I suppose? Richey spoke about seeing
you," I floundered, finding it necessary to say something. She
looked at me with level, direct eyes.
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
this would be far below the mean population of France, which is
1,063 to the square league; or of England, which is 1,457; and it
would even be below the population of Switzerland, for that
country, notwithstanding its lakes and mountains, contains 783
inhabitants to the square league. See "Malte Brun," vol. vi. p.
[The actual result has fallen somewhat short of these
calculations, in spite of the vast territorial acquisitions of
the United States: but in 1899 the population is probably about
eighty- seven millions, including the population of the
Philippines, Hawaii, and Porto Rico.]]