|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
smoking in her face and signing or not signing. The gentlemen who
came in with him were nothing when he was there. They turned up
alone at other times--then only perhaps with a dim richness of
reference. He himself, absent as well as present, was all. He was
very tall, very fair, and had, in spite of his thick
preoccupations, a good-humour that was exquisite, particularly as
it so often had the effect of keeping him on. He could have
reached over anybody, and anybody--no matter who--would have let
him; but he was so extraordinarily kind that he quite pathetically
waited, never waggling things at her out of his turn nor saying
"Here!" with horrid sharpness. He waited for pottering old ladies,
|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:
in a position to speak with authority. "He's complained very
frequently of headaches."
"Ho!--I know him," said Mrs. Hochmuller with a laugh, her eyes
still on the clock-maker. "Ain't you ashamed of yourself, Ramy?"
Mr. Ramy, who was looking at his plate, said suddenly one word
which the sisters could not understand; it sounded to Ann Eliza
Mrs. Hochmuller laughed again. "My, my," she said, "wouldn't
you think he'd be ashamed to go and be sick and never dell me, me
that nursed him troo dat awful fever?"
"Yes, I SHOULD," said Evelina, with a spirited glance