|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young:
handkerchief and her nice fat fingers. And then she made with the
same handkerchief and fingers a Mama holding a Baby.
Then Bessie Bell looked up at her with her wondering eyes and asked:
``Are you a Lady--''
``Bless my soul!'' cried the lady. ``Do you hear this child? And
now, come to think of it, I don't know whether I am a lady or not--''
And the lady laughed until Bessie Bell felt quite shaken up.
``Or are you a Mama?'' asked Bessie Bell, when it seemed that the
lady was about to stop laughing.
``So that is it?'' asked the lady, and she seemed about to begin
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
interrupted him by asking the professor how he accounted for the earth
having suffered so little from such a formidable concussion.
"I account for it in this way," answered Rosette: "the earth
was traveling at the rate of 28,000 leagues an hour, and Gallia
at the rate of 57,000 leagues an hour, therefore the result
was the same as though a train rushing along at a speed of about
86,000 leagues an hour had suddenly encountered some obstacle.
The nucleus of the comet, being excessively hard, has done exactly
what a ball would do fired with that velocity close to a pane of glass.
It has crossed the earth without cracking it."
"It is possible you may be right," said Servadac, thoughtfully.