|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
SECOND SOLDAT. On ne le sait pas. Il y en a qui disent que c'est
SALOME. Qui est Elie?
SECOND SOLDAT. Un tres ancien prophete de ce pays, princesse.
UN ESCLAVE. Quelle reponse dois-je donner au tetrarque de la part
de la princesse?
LA VOIX D'IOKANAAN. Ne te rejouis point, terre de Palestine, parce
que la verge de celui qui te frappait a ete brisee. Car de la race
du serpent il sortira un basilic, et ce qui en naitra devorera les
SALOME. Quelle etrange voix! Je voudrais bien lui parler.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Daughter of Eve by Honore de Balzac:
himself, three years later, the brother-in-law of a Sieur Ferdinand DU
Tillet, so-called, he might not have married his wife; but what man of
rank in 1828 foresaw the strange upheavals which the year 1830 was
destined to produce in the political condition, the fortunes, and the
customs of France? Had any one predicted to Comte Felix de Vandenesse
that his head would lose the coronet of a peer, and that of his
father-in-law acquire one, he would have thought his informant a
Bending forward on one of those low chairs then called "chaffeuses,"
in the attitude of a listener, Madame du Tillet was pressing to her
bosom with maternal tenderness, and occasionally kissing, the hand of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
after Henry, with free consent of the Pope, had made his
triumphal entry into Paris. He asserted complete and entire
sovereignty over the Netherlands, even after Prince Maurice had
won back from him the last square foot of Dutch territory. Such
obstinacy as this can only be called fatuity. If Philip had lived
in Pagan times, he would doubtless, like Caligula, have demanded
recognition of his own divinity.
The miserable condition of the Spanish people under this terrible
reign, and the causes of their subsequent degeneracy, have been
well treated by Mr. Motley. The causes of the failure of Spanish
civilization are partly social and partly economical; and they
The Unseen World and Other Essays