|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
recognise the inhabitants of Utica as subjects.
Hiero, who was ruling at Syracuse, was carried away by this example.
For the preservation of his own States it was necessary that an
equilibrium should exist between the two peoples; he was interested,
therefore, in the safety of the Chanaanites, and he declared himself
their friend, and sent them twelve hundred oxen, with fifty-three
thousand nebels of pure wheat.
A deeper reason prompted aid to Carthage. It was felt that if the
Mercenaries triumphed, every one, from soldier to plate-washer, would
rise, and that no government and no house could resist them.
Meanwhile Hamilcar was scouring the eastern districts. He drove back
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Redheaded Outfield by Zane Grey:
me of--of the rhythm of music. And that champion
batter and runner--that Lane in center--
isn't he just beautiful? He walks and runs like a
blue-ribbon winner at the horse show. I tell you
one thing, Connie, these Quakers are on dress
``Oh, these Quakers hate themselves, I don't
think!'' retorted Nan. Being a rabid girl-fan it
was, of course, impossible for Nan to speak baseball
convictions or gossip without characteristic
baseball slang. ``Stuck on themselves! I never
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