|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
altars of the one Church which has set the interests of humanity
before her, we might again behold in France the miracles our fathers
"But the difficulty is, monsieur," said Gerard,--"if I may speak to
you with the freedom of the confessional,--I look upon faith as a lie
we tell to ourselves, on hope as a lie we tell about the future, and
on charity as a trick for children to keep them good by the promise of
"Still, we sleep better for being rocked by hope, monsieur," said
This speech stopped Roubaud, who was about to reply; its effect was
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Padre Ignacio by Owen Wister:
them, and in their branches he could hear the nightingales. "Empty!
Empty!" he said, aloud. And he lay for two days and nights hearing the
wind and the nightingales in the far trees of Aranhal. But Felipe,
watching, only heard the Padre crying through the hours, "Empty! Empty!"
Then the wind in the trees died down, and the Padre could get out of bed,
and soon be in the garden. But the voices within him still talked all the
while as he sat watching the sails when they passed between the
headlands. Their words, falling for ever the same way, beat his spirit
sore, like blows upon flesh already bruised. If he could only change what
they said, he would rest.
"Has the Padre any mall for Santa Barbara?" asked Felipe. "The ship
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
"We shall meet again," said Servadac, as they pushed off from shore.
"Whenever you please," was the cool reply.
The geographical mystery haunted the minds of both the count
and the captain, and they felt they could never rest till they
had ascertained what had become of their respective countries.
They were glad to be on board again, that they might résumé
their voyage of investigation, and in two hours were out of sight
of the sole remaining fragment of Gibraltar.
AN ENIGMA FROM THE SEA
Lieutenant Procope had been left on board in charge of the _Dobryna_,