|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
aimed at the hole made by the Comte's bullet, and sent his own close
"That is what I call a well-educated man," cried the admiral with
During this ride with the youth, whom he already regarded as his
nephew, he found endless opportunities of catechizing him on all the
trifles of which a perfect knowledge constituted, according to his
private code, an accomplished gentleman.
"Have you any debts?" he at last asked of his companion, after many
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
friends came rushing over him the first time in years that he
had happiness in the memory. The disgrace he had put upon them
would now be removed; and in the light of that, his wasted life
of the past, and its probable tragic end in future service as
atonement changed their aspects. And as he lay there, with the
approach of sleep finally dimming the vividness of his thought,
so full of mystery, shadowy faces floated in the blackness
around him, haunting him as he had always been haunted.
It was broad daylight when he awakened. MacNelly was calling
him to breakfast. Outside sounded voices of men, crackling of
fires, snorting and stamping of horses, the barking of dogs.
The Lone Star Ranger