|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
the table an admiring youth called out--"Holly, stop and dine!"
Hollingsworth turned on him the crude countenance that looked like
the wrong side of a more finished face. "Sorry I can't. I'm in
for a beastly banquet."
Glennard threw himself into an arm-chair. Why go home in the rain
to dress? It was folly to take a cab to the opera, it was worse
folly to go there at all. His perpetual meetings with Alexa Trent
were as unfair to the girl as they were unnerving to himself.
Since he couldn't marry her, it was time to stand aside and give a
better man the chance--and his thought admitted the ironical
implication that in the terms of expediency the phrase might stand
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
the real reason of this expedition is still unknown, for she returned
home in a state which forbids her ever appearing in society again. By
one of those chances of which the Abbe de Grancey had spoken, she
happened to be on the Loire in a steamboat of which the boiler burst.
Mademoiselle de Watteville was so severely injured that she lost her
right arm and her left leg; her face is marked with fearful scars,
which have bereft her of her beauty; her health, cruelly upset, leaves
her few days free from suffering. In short, she now never leaves the
Chartreuse of les Rouxey, where she leads a life wholly devoted to
PARIS, May 1842.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
the warm grass, twenty paces from the edge of the cliff, sat a
little boy, his brown knees propping a book. By his side, facing
the sea, lay a girl of nineteen or twenty years, her hands
clasped behind her head. Her eyes were closed. She seemed to be
asleep. The reading continued.
"And all his friends knew him again, and cared very much for him
Once he thought to himself,' It is a very strange thing that one
cannot get to see the Princess. They all say she is very
beautiful; but what is the use of that, if she has always to sit
in the great copper castle with the many towers? Can I not get
The Brother of Daphne