|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
that succeeded, he sat with a quiet expectation beaming
in his full, lambent eye.
"If you would listen -- " began Lorison. The
priest held up his hand.
"As I hoped," he said. "I thought you would trust
me. Wait but a moment." He brought a long clay
pipe, filled and lighted it.
"Now, my son," he said.
Lorison poured a twelve month's accumulated con-
fidence into Father Rogan's ear. He told all; not sparing
himself or omitting the facts of his past, the events of the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Brown innocent aides in home and husbandry
Wonder askance. What ails the boss? they ask.
Him, richest of the rich, an endless task
Before the earliest birds or servants stir
Calls and detains him daylong prisoner?
He whose innumerable dollars hewed
This cleft in the boar and devil-haunted wood,
And bade therein, from sun to seas and skies,
His many-windowed, painted palace rise
Red-roofed, blue-walled, a rainbow on the hill,
A wonder in the forest glade: he still,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Duchesse de Langeais by Honore de Balzac:
part of this episode; they are given here both as a succinct
statement of the causes, and an explanation of the things which
happen in the course of the story.
The stateliness of the castles and palaces where nobles dwell;
the luxury of the details; the constantly maintained
sumptuousness of the furniture; the "atmosphere" in which the
fortunate owner of landed estates (a rich man before he was born)
lives and moves easily and without friction; the habit of mind
which never descends to calculate the petty workaday gains of
existence; the leisure; the higher education attainable at a much
earlier age; and lastly, the aristocratic tradition that makes of