|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
joy. The young man lived in a golden cloud of delight. "And to
think," said he, "if I had listened to that accursed Talisman of
Solomon, called The Wise,' all this happiness, this ecstasy that
is now mine, would have been lost to me."
"Tell me, beloved," said the queen, upon the morning of the
seventh day--"thy father once possessed all the hidden treasure
of the ancient kings of Egypt--tell me, is it now thine as it
was once his?"
"Yes," said the young man, "it is now all mine as it was once all
"And do you really love me as you say?"
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Massimilla Doni by Honore de Balzac:
fired his blood, and which of old inspired the painters of Spain,
which gave Italy her Madonnas, created Michael Angelo's statues and
Ghilberti's doors of the Baptistery,--desire had him in its toils, and
agitated him without infusing into his heart that warm, ethereal glow
which he felt at a look or a word from the Duchess. His soul, his
heart, his reason, every impulse of his will, revolted at the thought
of an infidelity; and yet that brutal, unreasoning infidelity
domineered over his spirit. But the woman was not alone.
The Prince saw one of those figures in which nobody believes when they
are transferred from real life, where we wonder at them, to the
imaginary existence of a more or less literary description. The dress
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
borrow a little of his glory. It will draw the people in. They
will come to see half a 'Figaro' when they will not come to see a
dozen 'Heartless Fathers.' Therefore let us cast the mantle of
Figaro upon some one, and proclaim it in our title."
"But as I am the head of the company... " began M. Binet, weakly.
"If you will be blind to your interests, you will presently be a
head without a body. And what use is that? Can the shoulders of
Pantaloon carry the mantle of Figaro? You laugh. Of course you
laugh. The notion is absurd. The proper person for the mantle of
Figaro is Scaramouche, who is naturally Figaro's twin-brother."
Thus tyrannized, the tyrant Binet gave way, comforted by the