|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from An Historical Mystery by Honore de Balzac:
itself into this: how can we get five good horses to bring them in six
hours from Lagny to the forest,--five horses to be killed and hidden
in some thicket."
"And the money?" said Michu, who was thinking deeply as he listened to
the young countess.
"I gave my cousins a hundred louis this evening," she replied.
"I'll answer for them!" cried Michu. "But once hidden here you must
not attempt to see them. My wife, or the little one, shall bring them
food twice a week. But, as I can't be sure of what may happen to me,
remember, mademoiselle, in case of trouble, that the main beam in my
hay-loft has been bored with an auger. In the hole, which is plugged
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
Spider of the bushes has her no less treacherous labyrinth.
Look above the web. What a forest of ropes! It might be the
rigging of a ship disabled by a storm. They run from every twig of
the supporting shrubs, they are fastened to the tip of every
branch. There are long ropes and short ropes, upright and
slanting, straight and bent, taut and slack, all criss-cross and a-
tangle, to the height of three feet or so in inextricable disorder.
The whole forms a chaos of netting, a labyrinth which none can pass
through, unless he be endowed with wings of exceptional power.
We have here nothing similar to the lime-threads used by the Garden
Spiders. The threads are not sticky; they act only by their
The Life of the Spider