|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
the blinds drawn, driving into the courtyard. Still almost white with
fury, the double-dyed forger went straight into the poor girl's room;
she looked at him--she was standing up--and she dropped on to a chair
as though her legs had snapped.
"What is the matter, monsieur?" said she, quaking in every limb.
"Leave us, Europe," said he to the maid.
Esther looked at the woman as a child might look at its mother, from
whom some assassin had snatched it to murder it.
"Do you know where you will send Lucien?" Carlos went on when he was
alone with Esther.
"Where?" asked she in a low voice, venturing to glance at her
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Sit down, Mr. Kent." He selected a chair near Rochester's desk
for himself, as Kent found another. "Let's thrash this thing out;
are you working with me or against me?"
"Why do you ask?" Kent's surprise at the question was evident.
"Because every time I arrange to examine this apartment or inquire
into Rochester's whereabouts you show up." Ferguson's small eyes
were trying to out-stare Kent, but the latter's clear gaze did not
drop before his. "Are you aiding Philip Rochester in his efforts
to elude arrest?"
"I am not," declared Kent emphatically. "What prompts the question?"
"The fact that you are Rochester's partner," Ferguson pointed out;
The Red Seal