|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Herland by Charlotte Gilman:
perfect than the Chinese dress, richly beautiful when so desired,
always useful, of unfailing dignity and good taste.
We had expected a dull submissive monotony, and found a
daring social inventiveness far beyond our own, and a mechanical
and scientific development fully equal to ours.
We had expected pettiness, and found a social consciousness
besides which our nations looked like quarreling children--
feebleminded ones at that.
We had expected jealousy, and found a broad sisterly affection,
a fair-minded intelligence, to which we could produce no parallel.
We had expected hysteria, and found a standard of health and vigor,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
toward the enemy cruiser. A chorus of hoarse yells arose from the
deck of our own craft: I saw the officers stand suddenly erect in
the boat that was approaching us, and I heard loud cries and
curses from the raider. Then I turned my attention to my
own business. Most of the men on the submarine's deck were
standing in paralyzed fascination, staring at the torpedo.
Bradley happened to be looking toward the conning-tower and
saw me. I sprang on deck and ran toward him. "Quick!" I whispered.
"While they are stunned, we must overcome them."
A German was standing near Bradley--just in front of him.
The Englishman struck the fellow a frantic blow upon the neck
The Land that Time Forgot