|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
faint and weak with laughter.
"Oh, well," he exclaimed aggrievedly--"laugh, that's right! I
don't laugh. It isn't such fun when you've got 'em yoursel'--
"But sit down, for goodness' sake! You make me so nervous. You
can't walk them off. Sit down and hold your breath while you
count nine. Condy, I'm going to take off my gloves and veil.
What do you think?"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost:
abode,' he said, 'it must no longer be called the Magdalen; it is
Versailles! now that it contains a person who deserves the empire
of all hearts.'
"I made the man who attended a present as I went out, in order
to quicken his zeal and attentions. This fellow had a mind less
rough and vulgar than the generality of his class. He had
witnessed our interview, and was affected by it. The interest he
felt was doubtless increased by the louis d'or I gave him. He
took me aside as we went down into the courtyard. `Sir,' said
he, `if you will only take me into your service, or indemnify me
in any way for the loss of the situation which I fill here, I