|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
that single instant Nels and Monty had leaped to Stewart's side.
Both were bent down, with hands on the butts of guns at their
hips. Nels's piercing yell seemed to divide Monty's roar of
rage. Then they ceased, and echoes clapped from the crags. The
silence of those three men crouching like tigers about to leap
was more menacing than the nerve-racking yells.
Then the guerrillas wavered and broke and ran for their horses.
Don Carlos rolled over, rose, and staggered away, to be helped
upon his mount. He looked back, his pale and bloody face that of
a thwarted demon. The whole band got into action and were gone
in a moment.
The Light of Western Stars
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
were possibilities in that young woman for an inspiration, not to mention a
dedication, and from that moment his suffering temperament took up its bed
They retired after the meal, leaving us to discuss them at leisure.
"There is a likeness," mused the Frau Doktor. "Quite. What a manner she
has. Such reserve, such a tender way with the child."
"Pity she has the child to attend to," exclaimed the student from Bonn. He
had hitherto relied upon three scars and a ribbon to produce an effect, but
the sister of a Baroness demanded more than these.
Absorbing days followed. Had she been one whit less beautifully born we
could not have endured the continual conversation about her, the songs in