|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
if he faced sure death. Which he would in this case. Duane, you
mustn't meet Captain MacNelly. Your record is clean, if it is
terrible. You never met a ranger or any officer except a rotten
sheriff now and then, like Rod Brown."
Still Duane kept silence. He was not thinking of danger, but of
the fact of how fleeting must be his stay among friends.
"I've already fixed up a pack of grub," went on Jones. "I'll
slip out to saddle your horse. You watch here."
He had scarcely uttered the last word when soft, swift
footsteps sounded on the hard path. A man turned in at the
gate. The light was dim, yet clean enough to disclose an
The Lone Star Ranger
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane:
Expectancy gleamed from their eyes. They were twisting their
fingers in excitement.
"Here she comes," yelled one of them suddenly.
The group of urchins burst instantly asunder and its
individual fragments were spread in a wide, respectable half circle
about the point of interest. The saloon door opened with a crash,
and the figure of a woman appeared upon the threshold. Her grey
hair fell in knotted masses about her shoulders. Her face was
crimsoned and wet with perspiration. Her eyes had a rolling glare.
"Not a damn cent more of me money will yehs ever get, not a damn cent.
I spent me money here fer t'ree years an' now yehs tells me yeh'll
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets