|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Muse of the Department by Honore de Balzac:
to Madame de Clagny, Madame Popinot-Chandier, and Madame Gorju, the
"They say," replied Madame de Clagny behind her fan, "that Dinah sent
for him, not so much with a view to the elections as to ascertain why
she has no children."
In the first excitement of this success, Lousteau introduced the great
doctor as the only possible candidate at the ensuing elections. But
Bianchon, to the great satisfaction of the new Sous-prefet, remarked
that it seemed to him almost impossible to give up science in favor of
"Only a physician without a practice," said he, "could care to be
The Muse of the Department
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
"One gets bored, bored beyond redemption. One does about to
these huge expensive houses I suppose--the scale's immense. One
makes one's self useful to the other women, and agreeable to the
men. One has to dress.... One has food and exercise and leisure,
It's the leisure, and the space, and the blank opportunity it
seems a sin not to fill. Carnaby isn't like the other men. He's
bigger.... They go about making love. Everybody's making love.
I did.... And I don't do things by halves."
"You knew?"--she asked, looking up, quite steadily. I nodded.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Amory attempted to make them look even keener. He fancied, but he
was not sure, that her foot had just touched his under the table.
But it might possibly have been only the table leg. It was so
hard to tell. Still it thrilled him. He wondered quickly if there
would be any difficulty in securing the little den up-stairs.
BABES IN THE WOODS
Isabelle and Amory were distinctly not innocent, nor were they
particularly brazen. Moreover, amateur standing had very little
value in the game they were playing, a game that would presumably
be her principal study for years to come. She had begun as he
had, with good looks and an excitable temperament, and the rest
This Side of Paradise