|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
"The daughter of the exile, Wassili Fedor," replied
"The daughter of Captain Fedor," said the Grand Duke,
"has ceased to be the daughter of an exile. There are no
longer exiles in Irkutsk."
Nadia, less strong in joy than she had been in grief, fell
on her knees before the Grand Duke, who raised her with
one hand, while he extended the other to Michael.
An hour after, Nadia was in her father's arms. Michael
Strogoff, Nadia, and Wassili Fedor were united. This was
the height of happiness to them all.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
She bent her head and spoke so low that she had to be told to
repeat her answer: "I don't know."
"How do you mean--you don't know?"
"I don't know what dogs. . ."
The Judge again intervened: "Try to tell us exactly what
happened. How long did you remain at the foot of the stairs?"
"Only a few minutes."
"And what was going on meanwhile overhead?"
"The dogs kept on snarling and panting. Once or twice he cried