|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
The following personages appear in other stories of the Human Comedy.
The Atheist's Mass
The Commission in Lunacy
A Distinguished Provincial at Paris
A Bachelor's Establishment
The Secrets of a Princess
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
backs on the Suffet and came down again maddened with humiliation. For
the second time they recoiled before him. They remained standing for
some time. Several who had wounded their fingers put them to their
mouths or rolled them gently in the hem of their mantles, and they
were about to depart when Hamilcar heard these words:
"Why! it is a piece of delicacy to avoid distressing his daughter!"
A louder voice was raised:
"No doubt, since she takes her lovers from among the Mercenaries!"
At first he tottered, then his eye rapidly sought for Schahabarim. But
the priest of Tanith had alone remained in his place; and Hamilcar
could see only his lofty cap in the distance. All were sneering in his