|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
changed. But this time he was determined to make an end of the
torture. Coming along the highroad in the deep quiet of the
gloaming, he had meditated a fierce course of action. And the
moment he had finished his opening remarks he tried to take hold of
Nana with both hands.
"No, no! Take care!" she said simply. She was not vexed; nay, she
He caught her again, clenching his teeth as he did so. Then as she
struggled to get free he coarsely and crudely reminded her that he
had come to stay the night. Though much embarrassed at this, Nana
did not cease to smile. She took his hands and spoke very
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis:
get the ice cream. Their delivery-wagon is broken down, and I don't want to
trust them to send it by--"
"All right! You told me that before breakfast!"
"Well, I don't want you to forget. I'll be working my head off all day long,
training the girl that's to help with the dinner--"
"All nonsense, anyway, hiring an extra girl for the feed. Matilda could
"--and I have to go out and buy the flowers, and fix them, and set the table,
and order the salted almonds, and look at the chickens, and arrange for the
children to have their supper upstairs and--And I simply must depend on you to
go to Vecchia's for the ice cream."