|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
will find the money-lender first, and the lover afterwards. Your
countess is called Anastasie de Restaud, and she lives in the Rue
The student stared hard at Vautrin. Father Goriot raised his head
at the words, and gave the two speakers a glance so full of
intelligence and uneasiness that the lodgers beheld him with
"Then Christophe was too late, and she must have gone to him!"
cried Goriot, with anguish in his voice.
"It is just as I guessed," said Vautrin, leaning over to whisper
in Mme. Vauquer's ear.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Modeste Mignon by Honore de Balzac:
"Well! then let us feel easy," continued Dumay, "and believe that
misfortune has closed his account with us."
"God grant it!" answered Madame Mignon. "You will see HIM, Dumay; but
I shall only hear him. There is much of sadness in my joy."
A DECLARATION OF LOVE,--SET TO MUSIC
At this moment Modeste, happy as she was in the return of her father,
was, nevertheless, pacing her room disconsolate as Perrette on seeing
her eggs broken. She had hoped her father would bring back a much
larger fortune than Dumay had mentioned. Nothing could satisfy her
new-found ambition on behalf of her poet less than at least half the