|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
tendrils of the arabesques of Mantegna and Crivelli; and I tell
you that I stand abashed and ignorant before the mystery of this
picture. It means nothing--it means all things. It may
represent the period which saw its creation; it may represent all
ages past and to come. There are volumes of meaning in the
tiniest emblem on the lady's cloak; the blossoms of its border
are rooted in the deepest soil of myth and tradition. Don't ask
what it means, young man, but bow your head in thankfulness for
having seen it!"
Miss Lombard laid her hand on his arm.
"Don't excite yourself, father," she said in the detached tone of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
'O, certainly,' replied the affable barrister. 'But please be
under no sense of hurry. I can give you,' he added, thoughtfully
consulting his watch--'yes, I can give you the whole afternoon.'
'The business that brings me here,' resumed the Australian with
gusto, 'is devilish delicate, I can tell you. My friend Mr
Thomas, being an American of Portuguese extraction, unacquainted
with our habits, and a wealthy manufacturer of Broadwood
'Broadwood pianos?' cried Gideon, with some surprise. 'Dear me,
do I understand Mr Thomas to be a member of the firm?'
'O, pirated Broadwoods,' returned Michael. 'My friend's the