|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Droll Stories, V. 1 by Honore de Balzac:
Philippe went his way, bumping his head against a wall like a hooded
rook as he was. So giddy had he become at the sight of this creature,
even more enticing than a siren rising from the water. He noticed the
animals carved over the door and returned to the house of the
archbishop with his head full of diabolical longings and his entrails
Once in his little room he counted his coins all night long, but could
make no more than four of them; and as that was all his treasure, he
counted upon satisfying the fair one by giving her all he had in the
"What is it ails you?" said the good archbishop, uneasy at the groans
Droll Stories, V. 1
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
the animal over. Comanche floundered across the hummock, the inert body
following, and together, horse and man, they plunged from sight. They did not
appear again. They had fetched bottom.
Lute looked about her. She stood alone on the world. Her lover was gone. There
was naught to show of his existence, save the marks of Comanche's hoofs on the
road and of his body where it had slid over the brink.
"Chris!" she called once, and twice; but she called hopelessly.
Out of the depths, on the windless air, arose only the murmur of bees and of
"Chris!" she called yet a third time, and sank slowly down in the dust of the