|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac:
ill lodged, ill clothed, and ill fed. I can imagine nothing more
terrible for a mother."
"Yes, indeed. I should be so glad to give the poor little fellows some
amusement, while their father keeps them at work from morning till
night at that wretched history of China."
"You give handsome balls; they would enjoy them, but they might
acquire a taste for dissipation. However, their father might send them
to you once or twice in the course of the winter."
"He brings them here on my birthday and on New Year's Day. On those
days M. d'Espard does me the favor of dining here with them."
"It is very singular behaviour," said the judge, with an air of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
"fire-water." He exclaimed against the whites for introducing liquor to the
Indians and thus debasing them. At the same time Logan admitted his own
fondness for rum. This intelligent and noble Indian was murdered in a drunken
fight shortly after sending his address to Lord Dunmore.
Thus it was that the poor Indians had no chance to avert their downfall; the
steadily increasing tide of land-stealing settlers rolling westward, and the
insiduous, debasing, soul-destroying liquor were the noble redman's doom.
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Isaac Zane dropped back not altogether unhappily into his old place in the
wigwam, in the hunting parties, and in the Indian games.
When the braves were in camp, the greatest part of the day was spent in