|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
he said. "In a few words I give you my opinion--Those who have just
murdered the father have also ruined the daughter."
By daylight Lydie had yielded to fatigue; when the great surgeon and
the young physician arrived she was asleep.
The doctor, whose duty it was to sign the death certificate, had now
opened Peyrade's body, and was seeking the cause of death.
"While waiting for your patient to awake," said Corentin to the two
famous doctors, "would you join one of your professional brethren in
an examination which cannot fail to interest you, and your opinion
will be valuable in case of an inquiry."
"Your relations died of apoplexy," said the official. "There are all
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:
the ground was wet with her tears, and her nostrils blew up the sand.
And I said, "Has she ever tried to move?"
And he said, "Sometimes a limb has quivered. But she is wise; she knows
she cannot rise with the burden on her."
And I said, "Why does not he who stands by her leave her and go on?"
And he said, "He cannot. Look--"
And I saw a broad band passing along the ground from one to the other, and
it bound them together.
He said, "While she lies there he must stand and look across the desert."
And I said, "Does he know why he cannot move?"
And he said, "No."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf:
"There was nothing to be done," said St. John. He spoke very slowly.
"It seems impossible--"
He drew his hand across his eyes as if some dream came between him
and the others and prevented him from seeing where he was.
"And that poor fellow," said Mrs. Thornbury, the tears falling
again down her cheeks.
"Impossible," St. John repeated.
"Did he have the consolation of knowing--?" Mrs. Thornbury began
But St. John made no reply. He lay back in his chair, half-seeing
the others, half-hearing what they said. He was terribly tired,