|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Sons of the Soil by Honore de Balzac:
"Ah! Monsieur le cure, what will they do to me?" said La Pechina, when
the brother and sister were out of sight.
The countess, as white as her handkerchief, was so overcome that she
heard neither Blondet nor the abbe nor La Pechina.
"It is enough to drive one from this terrestrial paradise," she said
at last. "But the first thing of all is to save that child from their
"You are right," said Blondet in a low voice. "That child is a poem, a
Just then the Montenegrin girl was in a state where soul and body
smoke, as it were, after the conflagration of an anger which has
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Cromwell by William Shakespeare:
To bring such tidings as may comfort you.
You have given life unto a man deemed dead,
For by these news, my life is newly bred.
Thanks to my God, next to my Sovereign King,
And last to you that these good hopes doth bring.
The hundred pound I must receive as due
For finding Bagot, I freely give to you.