|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young:
play the hour in the sand, and where they could spend one hour
eating their cakes with their feet on the gravel, and where they
could walk behind Sister Justina on all the shell-bordered walks
around the beds (but they must not step on the beds)--just one hour.
If a rain came it always did surprise them: those little girls were
always surprised when it rained! and they did not know exactly what
to do when it rained, though they knew almost always what to do when
the sun shone. One day when it rained it happened that the little
girls were all left over the one hour in the long room where all the
rows and rows of the little arm-chairs sat, and where all the little
girls learned to Count, and to say Their Prayers, and to Tell the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
in Marguerite, in the opinion of M. Armand Duval, her superior in
vice or in affection? The second interpretation seemed the more
probable, for the first would have been an impertinent piece of
plain speaking which Marguerite, whatever her opinion of herself,
would never have accepted.
I went out again, and thought no more of the book until at night,
when I was going to bed.
Manon Lescaut is a touching story. I know every detail of it, and
yet whenever I come across the volume the same sympathy always
draws me to it; I open it, and for the hundredth time I live over
again with the heroine of the Abbe Prevost. Now this heroine is