|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
made no vows and no professions. The subject had not even been
touched in words; a meeting of the eyes, followed by the
handshake with which Bannister had congratulated the winner. That
had been all. But it was enough.
With the casual democracy of the frontier they had together
escorted Helen Messiter and Nora Darling through a riotous three
hours of carnival, taking care to get them back to their hotel
before the night really began "to howl."
But after they had left the young women, neither of them cared to
sleep yet. They were still in costume, Mac dressed as a monk, and
his friend as a Stuart cavalier, and the spirit of frolic was yet
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
article he could not have explained, except that it had aroused his
Tip, with the aid of the Saw-Horse, had brought a large, upholstered sofa to
the roof. It was an oldfashioned piece of furniture, with high back and
ends, and it was so heavy that even by resting the greatest weight upon the
back of the Saw-Horse, the boy found himself out of breath when at last the
clumsy sofa was dumped upon the roof.
The Pumpkinhead had brought a broom, which was the first thing he saw. The
Scarecrow arrived with a coil of clothes-lines and ropes which he had taken
from the courtyard, and in his trip up the stairs he had become so entangled
in the loose ends of the ropes that both he and his burden tumbled in a heap
The Marvelous Land of Oz