|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde:
rooms. MRS. MARCHMONT and LADY BASILDON, two very pretty women, are
seated together on a Louis Seize sofa. They are types of exquisite
fragility. Their affectation of manner has a delicate charm.
Watteau would have loved to paint them.]
MRS. MARCHMONT. Going on to the Hartlocks' to-night, Margaret?
LADY BASILDON. I suppose so. Are you?
MRS. MARCHMONT. Yes. Horribly tedious parties they give, don't
LADY BASILDON. Horribly tedious! Never know why I go. Never know
why I go anywhere.
MRS. MARCHMONT. I come here to be educated
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan by Honore de Balzac:
and she spends all her summers in a villa on the lake of Geneva, where
the great writer joins her. She returns to Paris for a few months in
winter. D'Arthez is never seen except in the Chamber. His writings are
becoming exceedingly rare. Is this a conclusion? Yes, for people of
sense; no, for persons who want to know everything.
The following personages appear in other stories of the Human Comedy.
Ajuda-Pinto, Marquis Miguel d'
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