|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
the kitchen, no breakfast in the dining room, and no mother
anywhere to be seen.
"Mercy on us! What has happened?" cried Jo, staring about
her in dismay.
Meg ran upstairs and soon came back again, looking relieved
but rather bewildered, and a little ashamed.
"Mother isn't sick, only very tired, and she says she is
going to stay quietly in her room all day and let us do the best
we can. It's a very queer thing for her to do, she doesn't act
a bit like herself. But she says it has been a hard week for
her, so we mustn't grumble but take care of ourselves."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
seen depart the night before, could not refrain from
expressing his astonishment to them.
"There is nothing surprising in that, monsieur," said the
sergeant; "for yesterday the general commanded me to watch
over your safety, and I thought it right to obey that
"Is the general at the camp?" asked Athos.
"No doubt he is, monsieur; as when he left you he was going
"Well, wait for me a moment; I am going thither to render an
account of the fidelity with which you fulfilled your duty,
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