|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan by Honore de Balzac:
"Oh! I have forgiven her. Besides, it was very witty; and I have
myself made just as cruel epigrams on other poor women as innocent as
D'Arthez again kissed the hand of that saintly woman who, having
hacked her mother in pieces, and turned the Prince de Cadignan into an
Othello, now proceeded to accuse herself in order to appear in the
eyes of that innocent great man as immaculate as the silliest or the
wisest of women desire to seem at all costs to their lovers.
"You will readily understand, my friend, that I returned to society
for the purpose of excitement and I may say of notoriety. I felt that
I must conquer my independence. I led a life of dissipation. To divert
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
up at them. Then he stooped and lifting the girl to his shoulder
waddled off through the jungle. In his wake followed the angry mob.
Korak, returning from the hunt, heard the jabbering of the
excited monkeys. He knew that something was seriously amiss.
Histah, the snake, had doubtless coiled his slimy folds about
some careless Manu. The youth hastened ahead. The monkeys
were Meriem's friends. He would help them if he could.
He traveled rapidly along the middle terrace. In the tree
by Meriem's shelter he deposited his trophies of the hunt and
called aloud to her. There was no answer. He dropped quickly
The Son of Tarzan