|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:
animal and vegetable, which with proper economy might be made
to last for a considerable period.
In the course of the conversation, Count Timascheff took
an opportunity of saying that, as Captain Servadac had already
been presented to the Spaniards as governor of the island,
he thought it advisable that he should really assume that position.
"Every body of men," he observed, "must have a head, and you,
as a Frenchman, should, I think, take the command of this
fragment of a French colony. My men, I can answer for it,
are quite prepared to recognize you as their superior officer."
"Most unhesitatingly," replied Servadac, "I accept the post with
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
the meadows are wide and numerous, are full of cattle
in small bands. They come up from the desert
about the first of June, and are driven back again
to the arid countries as soon as the autumn storms
begin. In the very high land they are few, and to
be left to their own devices; but now we entered a
new sort of country.
Below Farewell Gap and the volcanic regions
one's surroundings change entirely. The meadows
become high flat valleys, often miles in extent; the
mountains--while registering big on the aneroid--