|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Domestic Peace by Honore de Balzac:
defends that Queen of Dyle, or Lippe, or Charente. You will see
whether the dullest woman of them all will not be equal to inventing
some wile that would hinder the most determined man from bringing the
plaintive stranger to the light. Does it not strike you that she looks
like an elegy?"
"Do you think so, Montcornet? Then she must be a married woman?"
"Why not a widow?"
"She would be less passive," said the lawyer, laughing.
"She is perhaps the widow of a man who is gambling," replied the
"To be sure; since the peace there are so many widows of that class!"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus:
Zeno that of positive instruction. Whereas you would fain set
up for a physician provided with nothing but drugs! Where and how
they should be applied you neither know nor care.
If what charms you is nothing but abstract principles, sit
down and turm them over quietly in your mind: but never dub
yourself a Philosopher, nor suffer others to call you so. Say
rather: He is in error; for my desires, my impulses are
unaltered. I give in my adhesion to what I did before; nor has my
mode of dealing with the things of sense undergone any change.
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus