|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac:
her wretched. Revoke your sentence. The cold is very severe; you may
give her some serious illness."
"I will not see her, neither will I speak to her. She shall stay in
her room, on bread and water, until she submits to her father. What
the devil! shouldn't a father know where the gold in his house has
gone to? She owned the only rupees in France, perhaps, and the Dutch
ducats and the /genovines/--"
"Monsieur, Eugenie is our only child; and even if she had thrown them
into the water--"
"Into the water!" cried her husband; "into the water! You are crazy,
Madame Grandet! What I have said is said; you know that well enough.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
were penetrating - or had penetrated - to the house; and at any moment
such sounds might greet them as would announce the execution of their
Meanwhile Mr. Trenchard, having relighted his pipe, and set his hat
rakishly atop his golden wig, strolled up the High Street, swinging his
long cane very much like a gentleman taking the air in quest of an
appetite for supper. He strolled past the Cross and on until he came to
the handsome mansion - one of the few handsome houses in Bridgwater
- where opulent Mr. Newlington had his residence. A small crowd had
congregated about the doors, for word had gone forth that His Majesty
was to sup there. Trenchard moved slowly through the people, seemingly