|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
had nothing to do with the mistress' excitement."
"Then there was a quarrel between them?"
"Are people talking about it?"
"I've heard some things said. They even say that this quarrel
was the reason for - her death."
"It's stupid nonsense!" exclaimed the servant. The old peddler
seemed to like the young man's honest indignation.
While they were talking, they had passed through a long corridor
and the young man laid his hand on one of the doors as the peddler
asked, "Can I see Miss Nanette alone?"
"Alone? Oho, she's engaged to me!"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
certain that Celeste will not accept him for a husband unless he gives
her some proofs of conversion."
"That's probable. But suppose Celeste tries to dawdle; suppose she
refuses to accept the alternative?"
"That's your affair," said the Provencal. "I don't know how you regard
the family in Paris; I only know that in my part of the country it is
an unheard-of thing that a girl should have such liberty. If you, your
sister (supposing she plays fair in the matter), and the father and
mother can't succeed in making a girl whom you dower agree to so
simple a thing as to make a perfectly free choice between two suitors,
then good-bye to you! You'll have to write upon your gate-post that