|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Paz by Honore de Balzac:
our century," said the countess. "Dante and Michael Angelo are in
"That's the very truth," cried Adam. "He is a poet in soul."
"So here I am, married to two Poles," said the young countess, with a
gesture worthy of some genius of the stage.
"Dear child!" said Adam, pressing her to him, "it would have made me
very unhappy if my friend did not please you. We were both rather
afraid of it, he and I, though he was delighted at my marriage. You
will make him very happy if you tell him that you love him,--yes, as
an old friend."
"I'll go and dress, the day is so fine; and we will all three ride
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
Once more Beppo went to Sebastian the Goldsmith, and the
Goldsmith kissed the princess's ring and letter, and read what
she had written.
Again the black slaves took Beppo to the bath, only this time
they clad him in a fine suit of velvet and hung a gold chain
around his neck. After that Sebastian the Goldsmith again served
a feast to Beppo, and waited upon him while he ate and drank.
In front of the house a noble horse, as black as jet, was waiting
to carry Beppo to the palace, and two servants dressed in velvet
livery were waiting to attend him.