|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac:
"You are like your mother,--was her voice as soft as yours?"
"Oh! much softer--"
"Yes, for you," she said, dropping her eyelids. "Come, Charles, go to
bed; I wish it; you must be tired. Good-night." She gently disengaged
her hand from those of her cousin, who followed her to her room,
lighting the way. When they were both upon the threshold,--
"Ah!" he said, "why am I ruined?"
"What matter?--my father is rich; I think so," she answered.
"Poor child!" said Charles, making a step into her room and leaning
his back against the wall, "if that were so, he would never have let
my father die; he would not let you live in this poor way; he would
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
chimney, the physical obstacles were insurmountable. To get it on
board a train and drop it out, or on the top of an omnibus and
drop it off, were equally out of the question. To get it on a
yacht and drop it overboard, was more conceivable; but for a man
of moderate means it seemed extravagant. The hire of the yacht
was in itself a consideration; the subsequent support of the
whole crew (which seemed a necessary consequence) was simply not
to be thought of. His uncle and the houseboat here occurred in
very luminous colours to his mind. A musical composer (say, of
the name of Jimson) might very well suffer, like Hogarth's
musician before him, from the disturbances of London. He might