|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
was in the cab, the driver started without orders, as knowing where he
was to go, and within half an hour the unhappy foreigner found himself
safely under bolt and bar without even a remonstrance, so utterly
amazed was he.
At ten o'clock he was sent for to the prison-office, where he found
Lisbeth, who, in tears, gave him some money to feed himself adequately
and to pay for a room large enough to work in.
"My dear boy," said she, "never say a word of your arrest to anybody,
do not write to a living soul; it would ruin you for life; we must
hide this blot on your character. I will soon have you out. I will
collect the money--be quite easy. Write down what you want for your
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
The attendant who was kneeling beside the body said to me as we
turned him over, "I think, sir, his back is broken. See, both his
right arm and leg and the whole side of his face are paralysed."
How such a thing could have happened puzzled the attendant
beyond measure. He seemed quite bewildered, and his brows were
gathered in as he said, "I can't understand the two things.
He could mark his face like that by beating his own head on the floor.
I saw a young woman do it once at the Eversfield Asylum before
anyone could lay hands on her. And I suppose he might have broken
his neck by falling out of bed, if he got in an awkward kink.
But for the life of me I can't imagine how the two things occurred.