|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas:
excited mob. D'Artagnan put his hand to his sword, motioning
to Porthos to follow his example.
"Save the queen!" cried Mazarin to the coadjutor.
Gondy sprang to the window and threw it open; he recognized
Louvieres at the head of a troop of about three or four
"Not a step further," he shouted, "the queen is signing!"
"What are you saying?" asked the queen.
"The truth, madame," said Mazarin, placing a pen and a paper
before her, "you must;" then he added: "Sign, Anne, I
implore you -- I command you."
Twenty Years After
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
wild career of Knappe. Whatever the cause, at least, the natives
had no sooner taken arms than Leary appeared with violence upon
that side. As early as the 3rd, he had sent an obscure but
menacing despatch to Brandeis. On the 6th, he fell on Fritze in
the matter of the Manono bombardment. "The revolutionists," he
wrote, "had an armed force in the field within a few miles of this
harbour, when the vessels under your command transported the
Tamasese troops to a neighbouring island with the avowed intention
of making war on the isolated homes of the women and children of
the enemy. Being the only other representative of a naval power
now present in this harbour, for the sake of humanity I hereby