|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
fleet of 300 sail; the Americans have 52 vessels. *n How, then,
can the inhabitants of the Union be called upon to contribute as
largely as the inhabitants of France? No parallel can be drawn
between the finances of two countries so differently situated.
[Footnote n: See the details in the Budget of the French Minister
of Marine; and for America, the National Calendar of 1833, p.
228. [But the public debt of the United States in 1870, caused
by the Civil War, amounted to $2,480,672,427; that of France was
more than doubled by the extravagance of the Second Empire and by
the war of 1870.]]
It is by examining what actually takes place in the Union,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
Hotchkiss. Maybe he can tell from the blood-stains if the murderer's
finger nails were square or pointed."
"Hotchkiss is no fool," I said warmly. "Under all his theories
there's a good hard layer of common sense. And we must remember,
Rich, that neither of our theories includes the woman at Doctor
Van Kirk's hospital, that the charming picture you have just drawn
does not account for Alison West's connection with the case, or
for the bits of telegram in the Sullivan fellow's pajamas pocket.
You are like the man who put the clock together; you've got half
of the works left over."
"Oh, go home," said McKnight disgustedly. "I'm no Edgar Allan
The Man in Lower Ten