|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
"D'Eymeris and Lyodot!" cried Fouquet, reading the paper
"Friends of M. F.," pointed the marquise with her finger.
"But what is the meaning of these words: `To be condemned by
the Chamber of Justice'?"
"Dame!" said the marquise, "that is clear enough, I think.
Besides, that is not all. Read on, read on;" and Fouquet
continued, ---"The two first to death, the third to be
dismissed, with MM. d'Hautemont and de la Vallette, who will
only have their property confiscated."
"Great God!" cried Fouquet, "to death, to death! Lyodot and
Ten Years Later
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Across The Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson:
which I mean that he began to write and sell his tales. Here was
he, and here were the little people who did that part of his
business, in quite new conditions. The stories must now be trimmed
and pared and set upon all fours, they must run from a beginning to
an end and fit (after a manner) with the laws of life; the
pleasure, in one word, had become a business; and that not only for
the dreamer, but for the little people of his theatre. These
understood the change as well as he. When he lay down to prepare
himself for sleep, he no longer sought amusement, but printable and
profitable tales; and after he had dozed off in his box-seat, his
little people continued their evolutions with the same mercantile