|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Commission in Lunacy by Honore de Balzac:
when they see them often, while they hate others, and very good ones,
who hold themselves on too high a level to allow of any familiarity as
CHUMS, a vulgar but expressive word. Men are made so; in almost every
class they will allow to a gossip, or a vulgar soul that flatters
them, facilities and favors they refuse to the superiority they
resent, in whatever form it may show itself. The shopkeeper who rails
at the Court has his courtiers.
In short, the manners of the Marquis and his children were certain to
arouse ill-feeling in their neighbors, and to work them up by degrees
to the pitch of malevolence when men do not hesitate at an act of
meanness if only it may damage the adversary they have themselves
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from At the Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Horizontal slits, six inches high and two or three
feet wide, served to admit light and ventilation.
The entrances to the house were through small apertures
in the bases of the trees and thence upward by rude
ladders through the hollow trunks to the rooms above.
The houses varied in size from two to several rooms.
The largest that I entered was divided into two floors and
All about the village, between it and the jungle,
lay beautifully cultivated fields in which the Mezops raised
such cereals, fruits, and vegetables as they required.
At the Earth's Core