|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells:
The people who landed there from the boats went tramping
off down the lane. The big ferryboat had just made a
journey. Three or four soldiers stood on the lawn of the inn,
staring and jesting at the fugitives, without offering to help.
The inn was closed, as it was now within prohibited hours.
"What's that?" cried a boatman, and "Shut up, you fool!"
said a man near me to a yelping dog. Then the sound came
again, this time from the direction of Chertsey, a muffled
thud--the sound of a gun.
The fighting was beginning. Almost immediately unseen
batteries across the river to our right, unseen because of the
War of the Worlds
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Chouans by Honore de Balzac:
Marie, with a kindly gesture, silenced her.
"I am not dead, my child," she said. "Ah!" she added, after a pause,
"I wanted emotions when I left Paris, and I have had them!"
Francine asked if she should get her some food, observing that she
must be in great need of it.
"No, no; a bath, a bath!" cried Mademoiselle de Verneuil. "I must
dress at once."
Francine was not a little surprised when her mistress required her to
unpack the most elegant of the dresses she had brought with her.
Having bathed and breakfasted, Marie made her toilet with all the
minute care which a woman gives to that important act when she expects