|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Vision Splendid by William MacLeod Raine:
"That she likes me, but would rather hold me off a while."
Alice nodded. "Yes, that would be like Val."
"Meanwhile I don't know whether I'm to be a happy man or not."
Her fine eyes looked in their direct fashion right into his. "I
must say you appear greatly worried."
"Yes," he smiled.
"You must be tremendously in love with her."
"Ye-es, thank you."
"Why are you going to marry her then--if she'll let you?"
"Now I'm having Joe Powers' railroads and his steamboats and his
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Domestic Peace by Honore de Balzac:
that it would be a real miracle if any dancer could detect her among
those stars. Why, Martial, how is it that you have not understood her
to be the wife of some sous-prefet from Lippe or Dyle, who has come to
try to get her husband promoted?"
"Oh, he will be!" exclaimed the Master of Appeals quickly.
"I doubt it," replied the Colonel of Cuirassiers, laughing. "She seems
as raw in intrigue as you are in diplomacy. I dare bet, Martial, that
you do not know how she got into that place."
The lawyer looked at the Colonel of Cuirassiers with an expression as
much of contempt as of curiosity.
"Well," proceeded Montcornet, "she arrived, I have no doubt,