|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
over the figure beneath. So he had ridden over the father at
York, and so he rode over the son at Smithfield.
Myles, as he lay prostrate and half stunned by his fall, had seen
his enemy thus driving his rearing horse down upon him, but was
not able to defend himself. A fallen knight in full armor was
utterly powerless to rise without assistance; Myles lay helpless
in the clutch of the very iron that was his defence. He closed
his eyes involuntarily, and then horse and rider were upon him.
There was a deafening, sparkling crash, a glimmering faintness,
then another crash as the horse was reined furiously back again,
and then a humming stillness.
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac:
The Seamy Side of History
Montauran, Marquis Alphonse de
Nucingen, Baron Frederic de
The Firm of Nucingen
A Distinguished Provincial at Paris
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau