|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
there to offer me some pleasure of my days. I wondered at myself that
I could dwell on such considerations in that time of my peril and
disgrace; and when I remembered my youth I was ashamed. I had my
studies to complete: I had to be called into some useful business; I
had yet to take my part of service in a place where all must serve; I
had yet to learn, and know, and prove myself a man; and I had so much
sense as blush that I should be already tempted with these further-on
and holier delights and duties. My education spoke home to me sharply;
I was never brought up on sugar biscuits but on the hard food of the
truth. I knew that he was quite unfit to be a husband who was not
prepared to be a father also; and for a boy like me to play the father
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Two Brothers by Honore de Balzac:
good news, and you both look like tombstones. The Duc de Berry is
dead, is he?--well, so much the better! that's one the less, at any
rate. As for me, I am to be cashier of a newspaper, with a salary of
three thousand francs, and there you are, out of all your anxieties on
"Is it possible?" cried Agathe.
"Yes; provided you can go security for me in twenty thousand francs;
you need only deposit your shares in the Funds, you will draw the
interest all the same."
The two widows, who for nearly two months had been desperately anxious
to find out what Philippe was about, and how he could be provided for,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
"Ah, madam, who has not that?" he softly sighed.
"Don't teach Mr. Newman to say fadaises," said the duchess.
"It is his merit that he doesn't know how."
"Yes, I don't know how to say fadaises," said Newman, "and I
don't want to say anything unpleasant."
"I am sure you are very considerate," said the duchess with a smile;
and she gave him a little nod for good-by with which he took his departure.
Once in the street, he stood for some time on the pavement,
wondering whether, after all, he was not an ass not to have discharged
his pistol. And then again he decided that to talk to any one
whomsoever about the Bellegardes would be extremely disagreeable