|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
"Appointments, official presents, anything you can extract from the
Government; but do not begin by insulting a woman whom you profess to
love," said Valerie. "If you do, I shall cease to believe you--and I
like to believe you," she added, with a glance like Saint Theresa
leering at heaven.
Every time he made her a present there was a fortress to be stormed, a
conscience to be over-persuaded. The hapless Baron laid deep
stratagems to offer her some trifle--costly, nevertheless--proud of
having at last met with virtue and the realization of his dreams. In
this primitive household, as he assured himself, he was the god as
much as in his own. And Monsieur Marneffe seemed at a thousand leagues
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The United States Bill of Rights:
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,
without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war,
but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
Meantime John Weightman sat in his carved chair in the Jacobean
dining-room. He felt strangely old and dull. The portraits of
beautiful women by Lawrence and Reynolds and Raeburn, which had
seemed like real company to him, looked remote and uninteresting.
He fancied something cold and almost unfriendly in their
as if they were staring through him or beyond him. They cared
his principles, his hopes, his disappointments, his successes;
they belonged to another world, in which he had no place. At