|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan by Honore de Balzac:
Madame d'Espard, whose protection was like that of the lightning-rod
which draws the flash. When d'Arthez returned to the general
conversation Maxime de Trailles was saying:--
"With Diane, depravity is not an effect but a cause; perhaps she owes
that cause to her exquisite nature; she doesn't invent, she makes no
effort, she offers you the choicest refinements as the inspiration of
a spontaneous and naive love; and it is absolutely impossible not to
This speech, which seemed to have been prepared for a man of
d'Arthez's stamp, was so tremendous an arraignment that the company
appeared to accept it as a conclusion. No one said more; the princess
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Songs of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
The beacon-lamp that Hero lit
No fairer shone on sea,
No plainlier summoned will and wit,
Than hers encouraged me.
I thrilled to feel her influence near,
I struck my flag at sight.
Her starry silence smote my ear
Like sudden drums at night.
I ran as, at the cannon's roar,
The troops the ramparts man -
As in the holy house of yore
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
and seeing that I had been sleeping, he said, "So, my friend,
you are tired? Get to bed. There is the surest rest.
I may not have the pleasure of talk tonight, since there are
many labours to me, but you will sleep, I pray."
I passed to my room and went to bed, and, strange to say,
slept without dreaming. Despair has its own calms.
31 May.--This morning when I woke I thought I would provide myself
with some papers and envelopes from my bag and keep them in my pocket,
so that I might write in case I should get an opportunity, but again
a surprise, again a shock!
Every scrap of paper was gone, and with it all my notes, my memoranda,