|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
He blew and wiped his glasses.
"My stomack isn't what it was," he explained. "One finds
it--these times. How did it all happen, George? Your
Marconigram--it took me in the wind a bit."
I told him concisely. He nodded to the paragraphs of my
narrative and at the end he poured something from a medicine
bottle into a sticky little wineglass and drank it. I became
aware of the presence of drugs, of three or four small bottles
before him among his disorder of papers, of a faint elusively
familiar odour in the room.
"Yes," he said, wiping his lips and recorking the bottle.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
dinner, and your digestion is at work. Let me instruct you--for I cost
you enough to give some advice for your money now and then--let me
tell you, my dear fellow, that a man whose digestion is so troublesome
as yours is, is not justified in telling his mistress that she is
pretty at unseemly hours. An old soldier died of that very folly 'in
the arms of Religion,' as Blondet has it.
"It is now ten o'clock. You finished dinner at du Tillet's at nine
o'clock, with your pigeon the Comte de Brambourg; you have millions
and truffles to digest. Come to-morrow night at ten."
"Vat you are cruel!" cried the Baron, recognizing the profound truth
of this medical argument.