|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
that we are following an orbit decidedly elliptical, although we have not yet
the material to determine its eccentricity."
"As the writer adheres to the appellation of Gallia, do you not think,"
asked the count, "that we might call these new waters the Gallian Sea?"
"There can be no reason to the contrary, count," replied the lieutenant;
"and as such I will insert it upon my new chart."
"Our friend," said Servadac, "seems to be more and more gratified
with the condition of things; not only has he adopted our motto,
'_Nil desperandum!_' but see how enthusiastically he has wound up
with his '_Enchante!_'"
The conversation dropped.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Main Street by Sinclair Lewis:
went off to poverty, and I had to dig ditches? I would not!
But you would. I think you would come to like me, but you
won't admit it. I wouldn't have said this, but when you
sneer at Myrtle and the mill---- If I'm not to have good
sensible things like those, d' you think I'll be content with
trying to become a damn dressmaker, after YOU? Are you fair?
"No, I suppose not."
"Do you like me? Do you?"
"Yes---- No! Please! I can't talk any more."
"Not here. Mrs. Haydock is looking at us."