|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:
the air, which increased as they mounted higher. With
these different noises rose the shouts of the iemschik, some-
times scolding, sometimes coaxing his poor beasts, who were
suffering more from the oppression of the air than the
roughness of the roads. Even the bells on the shafts could
no longer rouse them, and they stumbled every instant.
"At what time shall we reach the top of the ridge?"
asked Michael of the iemschik.
"At one o'clock in the morning if we ever get there at
all," replied he, with a shake of his head.
"Why, my friend, this will not be your first storm in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
prepared for her son. "Here alone I can breathe, I can live! A few
minutes more and he MUST be here; for I know he is living. I am
certain of it, my heart says so. Don't you hear something, Brigitte? I
would give the rest of my life to know at this moment whether he were
still in prison, or out in the free country. Oh! I wish I could stop
She again examined the room to see if all were in order. A good fire
burned on the hearth, the shutters were carefully closed, the
furniture shone with rubbing; even the manner in which the bed was
made showed that the countess had assisted Brigitte in every detail;
her hopes were uttered in the delicate care given to that room where