|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
iemschik, and you will trot off like a real post-horse."
"Mr. Jolivet," replied the Englishman, "this joking is
going too far, it passes all limits and --"
"Now do be quiet, my dear sir. When you are done
up, I will take your place; and call me a broken-winded
snail and faint-hearted tortoise if I don't take you over the
ground at a rattling pace."
Alcide said all this with such perfect good-humor that
Michael could not help smiling. "Gentlemen," said he,
"here is a better plan. We have now reached the highest
ridge of the Ural chain, and thus have merely to descend
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
As a matter of fact Mr. Franklin had been on deck for some
considerable time. He had come to relieve young Powell; but seeing
him engaged in talk with the "enemy"--with one of the "enemies" at
least--had kept at a distance, which, the poop of the Ferndale being
aver seventy feet long, he had no difficulty in doing. Mr. Powell
saw him at the head of the ladder leaning on his elbow, melancholy
and silent. "Oh! Here you are, sir."
"Here I am. Here I've been ever since six o'clock. Didn't want to
interrupt the pleasant conversation. If you like to put in half of
your watch below jawing with a dear friend, that's not my affair.