|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
only way to do that, sweet chuck, is very often not to speak your
mind at all. We will go down and visit them at Chapel in a day or
two, and see if we cannot serve these reynards as the badger did
the fox, when he found him in his hole, and could not get him out
by evil savors."
"Stuck a sweet nosegay in the door, which turned reynard's stomach
at once; and so overcame evil with good."
"Well, thou art too good for this world, that's certain; so we will
go home to breakfast. Those rogues are out of sight by now."
Nevertheless, Amyas was not proof against the temptation of going
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau by Honore de Balzac:
close examination of my affairs I do feel strong enough to pay forty
thousand francs in three months. The known integrity of Monsieur Cesar
is a guarantee that he will use that forty thousand to pay off his
debts. Thus the creditors, if there should come a failure, can lay no
blame on us. Besides, uncle, I would rather lose forty thousand francs
than lose Cesarine. At this very moment while I am speaking, she has
doubtless been told of my refusal, and will cease to esteem me. I
vowed my blood to my benefactor! I am like a young sailor who ought to
sink with his captain, or a soldier who should die with his general."
"Good heart and bad merchant, you will never lose my esteem," said the
judge, pressing the hand of his nephew. "I have thought a great deal
Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau