|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
felt a sort of emetic heat at the pit of his stomach, and was
conscious of a terror like that a criminal might feel in presence of a
gendarme. He endeavoured to brace himself by looking at Madame
Fontaine; but there he encountered two almost white eyes, the
motionless and icy pupils of which were absolutely intolerable to him.
The silence became terrifying.
"Which do you wish, monsieur, the five-franc fortune, the ten-franc
fortune, or the grand game?"
"The five-franc fortune is dear enough," replied the Southerner,
making powerful efforts not to yield to the influence of the
surroundings in which he found himself.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:
be ancient, caring nothing for the fashions and the changes and the
disintegrations of Meiji (1). That old cemetery behind my garden would be a
suitable place. Everything there is beautiful with a beauty of exceeding
and startling queerness; each tree and stone has been shaped by some old,
old ideal which no longer exists in any living brain; even the shadows are
not of this time and sun, but of a world forgotten, that never knew steam
or electricity or magnetism or -- kerosene oil! Also in the boom of the big
bell there is a quaintness of tone which wakens feelings, so strangely
far-away from all the nineteenth-century part of me, that the faint blind
stirrings of them make me afraid,-- deliciously afraid. Never do I hear
that billowing peal but I become aware of a striving and a fluttering in
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
heart of a great joy, and indeed are now the very conditions
whereby the joy becomes most deep.
This is an example of what you have already heard of as the
"expulsive power of a higher affection." But be the affection
high or low, it makes no difference, so long as the excitement it
brings be strong enough. In one of Henry Drummond's discourses
he tells of an inundation in India where an eminence with a
bungalow upon it remained unsubmerged, and became the refuge of a
number of wild animals and reptiles in addition to the human
beings who were there. At a certain moment a royal Bengal tiger
appeared swimming towards it, reached it, and lay panting like a