|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Cousin Pons by Honore de Balzac:
learned gentlemen were taking leave of one another in the gateway just
as the hairdresser came out. They were talking as doctors usually talk
among themselves when the farce of a consultation is over. "He is a
dead man," quoth Dr. Haudry.--"He had not a month to live," added
Desplein, "unless a miracle takes place."--These were the words
overheard by the hairdresser.
Like all hairdressers, he kept up a good understanding with his
customers' servants. Prodigious greed sent the man upstairs again; he
mounted to the /ci-devant/ young man's apartment, and promised the
servant-mistress a tolerably handsome commission to persuade her
master to sink a large portion of his money in an annuity. The dying
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
because, in my opinion, when persons start a course they ought to keep
on steadily, looking neither forward nor back, and not allowing
themselves to be diverted to other aspirations."
"Ah ca!" cried la Peyrade, "what does all this verbiage mean? Have you
anything to propose to me? What's the price of it?"
"My dear Theodose," said Cerizet, paying no attention to the
impertinence, "you yourself can judge of the value of discovering a
young girl, well brought-up, adorned with beauty and talents and a
'dot' equal to that of Celeste, which she has in her own right, PLUS
fifty thousand francs' worth of diamonds (as Mademoiselle Georges says
on her posters in the provinces), and, moreover,--a fact which ought
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Complete Poems of Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
To make things square, set him in his own stocks,
And fined him five pounds sterling,--just enough
To settle his own bill.
And served him right;
But, Master Merry, is it not eight bells?
For, do you see? I'm getting tired
Of being perched aloft here in this cro' nest