|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
"Oh, yes!" said the ingenuous creature. "They march the pupils about
with drums at their head. The masters have no more religion than
pagans. And they put the poor lads in uniform, as if they were troops.
"And behold the product!" said the chevalier, motioning to Athanase.
"In my day, young men were not so shy of looking at a pretty woman. As
for him, he drops his eyes whenever he sees you. That young man
frightens me because I am really interested in him. Tell him not to
intrigue with the Bonapartists, as he is now doing about that theatre.
When all these petty folks cease to ask for it insurrectionally,--
which to my mind is the synonym of constitutionally,--the government
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
corps.--Laisse-moi toucher ton corps!
IOKANAAN. Arriere, fille de Babylone! C'est par la femme que le
mal est entre dans le monde. Ne me parlez pas. Je ne veux pas
t'ecouter. Je n'ecoute que les paroles du Seigneur Dieu.
SALOME. Ton corps est hideux. Il est comme le corps d'un lepreux.
Il est comme un mur de platre ou les viperes sont passees, comme un
mur de platre ou les scorpions ont fait leur nid. Il est comme un
sepulcre blanchi, et qui est plein de choses degoutantes. Il est
horrible, il est horrible ton corps! . . . C'est de tes cheveux que
je suis amoureuse, Iokanaan. Tes cheveux ressemblent e des grappes
de raisins, e des grappes de raisins noirs qui pendent des vignes
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Melmoth Reconciled by Honore de Balzac:
was like a drunken man, and utterly unable to think connectedly. He
came to himself in Aquilina's room, whither he had been supported by
the united efforts of his mistress, the porter, and Jenny; for he had
fainted as he stepped from the carriage.
"HE will be here directly! Oh, my friends, my friends," he cried, and
he flung himself despairingly into the depths of a low chair beside
Jenny heard the bell as he spoke, and admitted the Englishman. She
announced that "a gentleman had come who had made an appointment with
the master," when Melmoth suddenly appeared, and deep silence
followed. He looked at the porter--the porter went; he looked at