|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
dust-cutter, Mac, before she grows warm."
The puncher handed over his flask, and the other held it before
his eye and appraised the contents in approved fashion. " Don't
mind if I do. Here's how!"
"How!" echoed Missou, in turn, and tipped up the bottle till the
liquor gurgled down his baked throat.
"He's fanning out his men so as to, get us both at the front and
back door. Lucky there ain't but four of them."
"I guess we better lie back to back," proposed Missou. "If our
luck's good I reckon they're going to have a gay time rushing
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
gasp for lack of water until it died. I don't know why I did those
wicked things, but I did them. So the Emperor of the Winkies--who is
the Tin Woodman and has a very tender tin heart--punished me by
denying me any communication with beasts, birds or fishes. I cannot
understand them when they speak to me, although I know that other
people can do so, nor can the creatures understand a word I say to
them. Every time I meet one of them, I am reminded of my former
cruelty, and it makes me very unhappy."
"Really," said Cayke, "I'm sorry for you, although the Tin Woodman is
not to blame for punishing you."
"What is he mumbling about?" asked the Frogman.
The Lost Princess of Oz