|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Elixir of Life by Honore de Balzac:
chamber of death empty. It was like an allegory of life.
As they went down the staircase, the Prince spoke to Rivabarella:
"Now, who would have taken Don Juan's impiety for a boast? He
loves his father."
"Did you see that black dog?" asked La Brambilla.
"He is enormously rich now," sighed Bianca Cavatolino.
"What is that to me?" cried the proud Veronese (she who had
crushed the comfit-box).
"What does it matter to you, forsooth?" cried the Duke. "With his
money he is as much a prince as I am."
At first Don Juan was swayed hither and thither by countless
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
and put another plump and well-favoured servant in his place,
that the boy's eyes might never once behold anything to disquiet
them. Such then was the intent and doing of the king, for,
'seeing, he did not see, and hearing, he did not understand.'
But, learning that some monks still remained, of whom he fondly
imagined that not a trace was left, he became angry above
measure, and his fury was hotly kindled against them. And he
commanded heralds to scour all the city and all the country,
proclaiming that after three days no monk whatsoever should be
found therein. But and if any were discovered after the set
time, they should be delivered to destruction by fire and sword.