|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:
now was dragging herself with difficulty along, suddenly
recovered strength, under violent excitement.
"We have left the road," said Michael, feeling that he
was treading no longer on powdery soil but on short grass.
"Yes, we must!" returned Nadia. "It was there, on the
right, from which the cry came!"
In a few minutes they were not more than half a verst
from the river. A second bark was heard, but, although
more feeble, it was certainly nearer. Nadia stopped.
"Yes!" said Michael. "It is Serko barking! . . . He
has followed his master!"
|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:
been robbed of the necklet. Day after day by the hearth among
the spinning maids, night after night alone on her bed, she
wondered and trembled. Sometimes at table her husband looked
across at her and smiled; and then she felt sure that Lanrivain
was dead. She dared not try to get news of him, for she was sure
her husband would find out if she did: she had an idea that he
could find out anything. Even when a witch-woman who was a noted
seer, and could show you the whole world in her crystal, came to
the castle for a night's shelter, and the maids flocked to her,
Anne held back. The winter was long and black and rainy. One
day, in Yves de Cornault's absence, some gypsies came to Kerfol