|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
"Poor Monsieur Auguste!" cried Brigitte, "he must be toiling along the
roads on foot."
"There's eight o'clock striking now," cried the countess, in terror.
She dared not stay away any longer from her guests; but before
re-entering the salon, she paused a moment under the peristyle of the
staircase, listening if any sound were breaking the silence of the
street. She smiled at Brigitte's husband, who was standing sentinel at
the door, and whose eyes seemed stupefied by the intensity of his
attention to the murmurs of the street and night.
Madame de Dey re-entered her salon, affecting gaiety, and began to
play loto with the young people; but after a while she complained of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and made my escape from the apartment. It was a furious windy
morning, with a sky much cleared, and long and potent intervals of
sunshine; and I wandered until dinner in the wild country towards
the east, sorely staggered and beaten upon by the gale, but
rewarded with some striking views.
At dinner the Work of the Propagation of the Faith was recommenced,
and on this occasion still more distastefully to me. The priest
asked me many questions as to the contemptible faith of my fathers,
and received my replies with a kind of ecclesiastical titter.
'Your sect,' he said once; 'for I think you will admit it would be
doing it too much honour to call it a religion.'