|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Distinguished Provincial at Paris by Honore de Balzac:
first place; but tell me your conditions----"
"I am not connected with the paper, madame."
"A subscription dating from October?" inquired the pensioner.
"What does the lady want to know?" asked the veteran, reappearing on
The fair milliner and the retired military man were soon deep in
converse; and when Lucien, beginning to lose patience, came back to
the first room, he heard the conclusion of the matter.
"Why, I shall be delighted, quite delighted, sir. Mlle. Florentine can
come to my shop and choose anything she likes. Ribbons are in my
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
seem half so hard to refuse him as it did poor Dr. Seward.
So I said, as lightly as I could, that I did not know anything
of hitching, and that I wasn't broken to harness at all yet.
Then he said that he had spoken in a light manner, and he hoped
that if he had made a mistake in doing so on so grave,
so momentous, and occasion for him, I would forgive him.
He really did look serious when he was saying it, and I couldn't help
feeling a sort of exultation that he was number Two in one day.
And then, my dear, before I could say a word he began pouring
out a perfect torrent of love-making, laying his very heart
and soul at my feet. He looked so earnest over it that I
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
above period, a person dressed in black velvet, and wearing a
gold chain like a modern magistrate of Edinburgh, but who was, in
fact, steward of the household to the Marquis of Argyle, entered
the apartment, and invited, with solemn gravity, the Captain to
follow him to his master's presence.
The suite of apartments through which he passed, were filled with
attendants or visitors of various descriptions, disposed,
perhaps, with some ostentation, in order to impress the envoy of
Montrose with an idea of the superior power and magnificence
belonging to the rival house of Argyle. One ante-room was filled
with lacqueys, arrayed in brown and yellow, the colours of the