|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
"It is a gossiping town. Though I am far above the nonsense the world
talks, I do not choose to be calumniated, not for my own sake, but for
his. I make it my pride to be the glory of that old man, who is, after
all, my only protector. We are leaving; stay here a few days. When you
come on to Geneva, call first on my husband, and let him introduce you
to me. Let us hide our great and unchangeable affection from the eyes
of the world. I love you; you know it; but this is how I will prove it
to you-- you shall never discern in my conduct anything whatever that
may arouse your jealousy."
She drew him into a corner of the balcony, kissed him on the forehead,
and fled, leaving him in amazement.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
co-operate in his own work at Montegnac. Roubaud was small and fair;
his general appearance was rather insipid, but his gray eyes betrayed
the depths of the physiologist and the patient tenacity of a studious
man. There was no physician in Montegnac except an old army-surgeon,
more devoted to his cellar than to his patients, and too old to
continue with any vigor the hard life of a country doctor. At the
present time he was dying.
Roubaud had been in Montegnac about eighteen months, and was much
liked there. But this young pupil of Desplein and the successors of
Cabanis did not believe in Catholicism. He lived in a state of
profound indifference as to religion, and did not desire to come out