|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
experience of slavery.
Now, what is this system of slavery? This is the subject of my
lecture this evening--what is the character of this institution?
I am about to answer the inquiry, what is American slavery? I do
this the more readily, since I have found persons in this country
who have identified the term slavery with that which I think it
is not, and in some instances, I have feared, in so doing, have
rather (unwittingly, I know) detracted much from the horror with
which the term slavery is contemplated. It is com-
 Mr. Douglass' published speeches alone, would fill two
volumes of the size of this. Our space will only permit the
My Bondage and My Freedom
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honore de Balzac:
"I have her mother," replied the Marquise, designating the Georgian,
to whom she made a sign to remain.
"We shall meet again," said Henri, who was thinking anxiously of his
friends and felt that it was time to leave.
"No, brother," she said, "we shall not meet again. I am going back to
Spain to enter the Convent of /los Dolores/."
"You are too young yet, too lovely," said Henri, taking her in his
arms and giving her a kiss.
"Good-bye," she said; "there is no consolation when you have lost that
which has seemed to you the infinite."
A week later Paul de Manerville met De Marsay in the Tuileries, on the
The Girl with the Golden Eyes