|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
everything--proof, proof, proof, what will we have to believe left? How do
you know the angel opened the prison door for Peter, except that Peter said
so? How do you know that God talked to Moses, except that Moses wrote it?
That is what I hate!"
The girl knit her brows. Perhaps her thoughts made a longer journey than
the German dreamed of; for, mark you, the old dream little how their words
and lives are texts and studies to the generation that shall succeed them.
Not what we are taught, but what we see, makes us, and the child gathers
the food on which the adult feeds to the end.
When the German looked up next there was a look of supreme satisfaction in
the little mouth and the beautiful eyes.
|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:
disgusted. It was true, then--she WAS "game"--it was not the
manner but the matter she mistrusted!
Granice turned to the servant, who seemed to be purposely
lingering. "I shan't need you this evening, Flint. I'll lock up
He fancied the man's acquiescence implied surprise. What was
going on, Flint seemed to wonder, that Mr. Granice should want
him out of the way? Probably he would find a pretext for coming
back to see. Granice suddenly felt himself enveloped in a
network of espionage.
As the door closed he threw himself into an armchair and leaned