|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Book of Remarkable Criminals by H. B. Irving:
war of 1859, gaining a medal for valour. In 1864 he had married.
Eleven years later his wife died, leaving him with two children.
He came to Paris and obtained employment in an oil refinery at
Saint Denis. His character was excellent; he was a good workman,
honest, hard-working, his record unblemished. When he returned
to Paris, Gaudry renewed his friendship with the companion of his
youth. But Jeanne Brecourt was now Jeanne de la Cour, living
in refinement and some luxury, moving in a sphere altogether
remote from and unapproachable by the humble workman in an oil
refinery. He could do no more than worship from afar this
strange being, to him wonderfully seductive in her charm and
A Book of Remarkable Criminals
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton:
extra work I did the other night on the machine for Mrs. Hawkins."
"There, I knew it! You swore to me you'd buy a new pair of
shoes with that money."
"Well, and s'posin' I didn't want 'em--what then? I've
patched up the old ones as good as new--and I do declare, Evelina
Bunner, if you ask me another question you'll go and spoil all my
"Very well, I won't," said the younger sister.
They continued to eat without farther words. Evelina yielded