|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Seraphita by Honore de Balzac:
Northern lands for rest, you, worn-out by the impetuous struggle of
genius unrecognized, you, weary with the patient toils of science,
you, who well-nigh dyed your hands in crime and wore the fetters of
Wilfrid dropped speechless on the carpet. Seraphita breathed softly on
his forehead, and in a moment he fell asleep at her feet.
"Sleep! rest!" she said, rising.
She passed her hands over Wilfrid's brow; then the following sentences
escaped her lips, one by one,--all different in tone and accent, but
all melodious, full of a Goodness that seemed to emanate from her head
in vaporous waves, like the gleams the goddess chastely lays upon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
oddly with his peaceable demeanor in the house. Exercise assisted him
to work off his nervous agitation and inward tempest. About two
o'clock, on a sudden frantic impulse, he exclaimed:
" 'These damned females never know what they want. I will wager my
head now that if I go home and tell her that I have sent to ask my
friends to dine with me at the /Rocher de Cancale/, she will not be
satisfied though she made the arrangement herself.--But she will have
gone off somewhere or other. I wonder whether there is something at
the bottom of all this, an assignation with some goat? No. In the
bottom of her heart she loves me!' "
The Marquise could not help smiling.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Poems by T. S. Eliot:
Bitten by flies, fought.
My house is a decayed house,
And the jew squats on the window sill, the owner,
Spawned in some estaminet of Antwerp,
Blistered in Brussels, patched and peeled in London.
The goat coughs at night in the field overhead;
Rocks, moss, stonecrop, iron, merds.
The woman keeps the kitchen, makes tea,
Sneezes at evening, poking the peevish gutter.
I an old man,
A dull head among windy spaces.