|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
the Opera, taking with him Lisbeth Fischer, who lived in the Rue du
Doyenne, and who always made an excuse of the solitude of that
deserted quarter to take herself off as soon as dinner was over.
Parisians will all admit that the old maid's prudence was but
The existence of the maze of houses under the wing of the old Louvre
is one of those protests against obvious good sense which Frenchmen
love, that Europe may reassure itself as to the quantum of brains they
are known to have, and not be too much alarmed. Perhaps without
knowing it, this reveals some profound political idea.
It will surely not be a work of supererogation to describe this part
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
count nine. Condy, I'm going to take off my gloves and veil.
What do you think?"
"Sure, of course; and I'll have a cigarette. Do you mind if I
"Well, what's that in your hand now?"
"By Jove, I have been smoking! I--I beg your pardon. I'm a
regular stable boy. I'll throw it away."