|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
knocking, and said to the Comte de Granville:
"I have brought you a fair lady, my dear fellow, who did not know
which way to turn; she was on the point of losing herself in our
And Comte Octave led in by the hand the Comtesse de Serizy, who had
been wandering about the place for the last quarter of an hour.
"What, you here, madame!" exclaimed the public prosecutor, pushing
forward his own armchair, "and at this moment! This, madame, is
Monsieur Camusot," he added, introducing the judge.--"Bauvan," said he
to the distinguished ministerial orator of the Restoration, "wait for
me in the president's chambers; he is still there, and I will join
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
The trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.
ABSENT, adj. Peculiarly exposed to the tooth of detraction; vilifed;
hopelessly in the wrong; superseded in the consideration and affection
To men a man is but a mind. Who cares
What face he carries or what form he wears?
But woman's body is the woman. O,
Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go,
But heed the warning words the sage hath said:
A woman absent is a woman dead.
The Devil's Dictionary