|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
told me to tell you that your daughter sends you a good kiss."
"Good-night, neighbor! Sleep well, and pleasant dreams to you! I
have mine already made for me by that message from her. May God
grant you all your desires! You have come in like a good angel on
me to-night, and brought with you the air that my daughter
"Poor old fellow!" said Eugene as he lay down. "It is enough to
melt a heart of stone. His daughter no more thought of him than
of the Grand Turk."
Ever after this conference Goriot looked upon his neighbor as a
friend, a confidant such as he had never hoped to find; and there
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
their pieces at the advancing troopers. Butzow gave a com-
mand and seventeen carbines poured their deadly hail into
the ranks of the Blentz retainers. At Maenck's shot the "king"
staggered and fell to the pavement.
Maenck leaped across his prostrate form, yelling to his
men "Shoot the American." Then he was lost to Barney's
sight in the hand-to-hand scrimmage that was taking place.
The American tried to regain his feet, but the shock of the
wound in his breast had apparently paralyzed him for the
moment. A Blentz soldier was running toward the prisoner
standing open-mouthed against the wall. The fellow's rifle
The Mad King