|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
feathers came out in a bunch right in my hand, and
she squawked so, father heard. He was in his study
writing his sermon, and he came out, and if I hadn't
hid behind the chicken-coop and then run I couldn't
have got here. But I can't see as you've got any
corn, Johnny Trumbull."
"Couldn't. Every single ear was cooked for din-
"I couldn't bring any cookies, either," said Lee
Westminster; "there weren't any cookies in the jar."
"And I couldn't bring the potatoes, because the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
thousand fighting men there were, with squires and
other servants, and five hundred sumpter beasts to
transport their tents and other impedimenta, and bring
back the loot.
But a small force of ailing men-at-arms, and servants
had been left to guard the castle of Torn under the
able direction of Peter the Hermit.
At the column's head rode Norman of Torn and the
little grim, gray, old man; and behind them nine com-
panies of knights, followed by the catapult detachment;
then came the sumpter beasts. Horsan the Dane,
The Outlaw of Torn