|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
in the arms of her lover and Francine as if dead. When she opened her
eyes they met those of the young man full of loving tenderness.
"Marie! patience! this is your last trial," he said.
"The last!" she exclaimed, bitterly.
Francine and the marquis looked at each other in surprise, but she
silenced them by a gesture.
"Call the priest," she said, "and leave me alone with him."
They did so, and withdrew.
"My father," she said to the priest so suddenly called to her, "in my
childhood an old man, white-haired like yourself, used to tell me that
God would grant all things to those who had faith. Is that true?"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
on their cuffs, after conversation had drifted from him
to other topics.
As to the Rubber corner itself, the Stock Exchange
as a whole was apathetic. When some of the sufferers
ventured cautious hints about the possibility of official
intervention on their behalf, they were laughed
at by those who did not turn away in cold silence.
Of the fourteen men who had originally been caught
in the net drawn tight by Thorpe and Semple, all the
conspicuous ones belonged to the class of "wreckers,"
a class which does not endear itself to Capel Court.