|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome:
had never received, said that in spite of its more and more
favourable position, the Russian Soviet Government
considered a cessation of hostilities so desirable that it was
ready immediately to begin negotiations, and, as it had more
than once declared, to secure agreement "even at the cost of
serious concessions in so far as these should not threaten the
development of the Republic." "Taking into consideration
that the enemies against whom it has to struggle borrow their
strength of resistance exclusively from the help shown them
by the powers of the Entente, and that therefore these
powers are the only actual enemy of the Russian Soviet
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
Miss Lombard advanced and placed her hand on a cord hidden behind
the velvet curtain.
"Ah," said the doctor, "one moment: I should like you, while
looking at the picture, to have in mind a few lines of verse.
Without the slightest change of countenance, and with a
promptness which proved her to be prepared for the request, Miss
Lombard began to recite, in a full round voice like her mother's,
St. Bernard's invocation to the Virgin, in the thirty-third canto
of the Paradise.