|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
itself to accept the altered state of things. As a result of its
intrigues half Europe was arming to hurl herself upon France, and
her quarrel was the quarrel of the French King with his people.
That was the horror at the root of all the horrors that were to come.
Of the counter-revolutionary troubles that were everywhere being
stirred up by the clergy, none were more acute than those of Brittany,
and, in view of the influence it was hoped he would wield in his
native province, it was proposed to Andre-Louis by the Commission of
Twelve, in the early days of the Girondin ministry, that he should
go thither to combat the unrest. He was desired to proceed
peacefully, but his powers were almost absolute, as is shown by the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
it for the better. If the history of his government be considered
- how it originated in an intrigue between the firm and the
consulate, and was (for the firm's sake alone) supported by the
consulate with foreign bayonets - the existence of the least doubt
on the man's action must seem marvellous. We should have looked to
find him playing openly and wholly into their hands; that he did
not, implies great independence and much secret friction; and I
believe (if the truth were known) the firm would be found to have
been disgusted with the stubbornness of its intended tool, and
Brandeis often impatient of the demands of his creators.
But I may seem to exaggerate the degree of white opposition. And