|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Massimilla Doni by Honore de Balzac:
He related his adventure with Clarina and explained his position. To
Vendramin Emilio's despair seemed so nearly allied to madness that he
promised to cure him completely if only he would give him /carte
blanche/ to deal with Massimilla. This ray of hope came just in time
to save Emilio from drowning himself that night; for, indeed, as he
remembered the singer, he felt a horrible wish to go back to her.
The two friends then went to an inner room at Florian's, where they
listened to the conversation of some of the superior men of the town,
who discoursed the subjects of the day. The most interesting of these
were, in the first place, the eccentricities of Lord Byron, of whom
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Catherine de Medici by Honore de Balzac:
of their chamber, which was not very far from the door to the
staircase. The grand-master, the cardinal, and the chancellor advanced
to meet the young sovereign, who smiled to several of the maids of
honor and replied to the remarks of a few courtiers more privileged
than the rest. But the queen, evidently impatient, drew Francois II.
as quickly as possible toward the Council-chamber. When the sound of
arquebuses, dropping heavily on the floor, had announced the entrance
of the couple, the pages replaced their caps upon their heads, and the
private talk among the courtiers on the gravity of the matters now
about to be discussed began again.
"They sent Chiverni to fetch the Connetable, but he has not come,"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Finished by H. Rider Haggard:
who I don't believe is altogether human."
"Others have thought that before now, Anscombe, and to be plain,
I don't know that he is. He lives too much with the dead to be
like other people."
"And with Satan, to whom I expect he makes sacrifices. The truth
is I'm afraid of his playing some of his tricks with Heda. It is
for her I fear, not for myself, Allan. Oh! why on earth did you
"Because you wished it and it seemed the safest thing to do.
Look here, my boy, as usual the trouble comes through a woman.
When a man's single--you know the rest. You used to be able to