|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:
Like little things of dancing gold.
Sometimes about the painted kiosk
The mimic soldiers strut and stride,
Sometimes the blue-eyed brigands hide
In the bleak tangles of the bosk.
And sometimes, while the old nurse cons
Her book, they steal across the square,
And launch their paper navies where
Huge Triton writhes in greenish bronze.
And now in mimic flight they flee,
And now they rush, a boisterous band -
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
see how we are to settle it with her."
"Heavens! and I forgot to tell you," exclaimed Ginevra, "that Madame
Roguin and Laure's mother are coming here to-morrow to--"
"I understand," said the painter.
"But you can easily justify yourself," continued the girl, with a
proud movement of her head. "Monsieur Luigi," she added, turning to
him with an arch look, "will no longer object to entering the royal
service. Well, then," after receiving a smile from the young man, "to-
morrow morning I will send a petition to one of the most influential
persons at the ministry of War,--a man who will refuse nothing to the
daughter of the Baron di Piombo. We shall obtain a 'tacit' pardon for