|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
house I have bought to conform to the requirements of the electoral
law. It is all jotted down in his notebook.
That statement, I think, would somewhat reduce the admiration of his
hearers in the salon Montcornet did they know of it. As for the
political horoscope which he has been so kind as to draw for me, I
cannot honestly say that his astrology is at fault. It is very certain
that with my intention of following no set of fixed opinions, I must
reach the situation so admirably summed up by the lawyer of Monsieur
de la Palisse, when he exclaimed with burlesque emphasis: "What do you
do, gentlemen, when you place a man in solitude? You isolate him."
Isolation will certainly be my lot, and the artist-life, in which a
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
She felt as if she were about to cry. "That's
another of your cruel songs," she said.
"Learned it in Mexico--in Sonora." He talked
easily. "It is the song of the Gambucinos. You
don't know? The song of restless men. Nothing
could hold them in one place--not even a woman.
You used to meet one of them now and again, in
the old days, on the edge of the gold country, away
north there beyond the Rio Gila. I've seen it. A
prospecting engineer in Mazatlan took me along