|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Frances Waldeaux by Rebecca Davis:
"Business?" she gasped. "Oh, I see! Settlements. We
don't have such things in the States. But I quite
understand all those European social traits. I have
lived abroad for years. I----"
"Who is Miss Dunbar's guardian?" the prince demanded
alertly. He sat down by the table and took out a
notebook and papers.
"But--settlements? Is not that a little premature?" she
ventured. "She has not accepted you."
"HE may not accept my financial proposals. It is
business, you see. The gentle ladies, even die
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
Grandmother Stark in her frame, rosy, blue, and flaxen, not quite
familiar, not quite smiling.
XXVIII. NO DREAM TO WAKE FROM
For a long while after she had left him, he lay still, stretched
in his chair. His eyes were fixed steadily upon the open window
and the sunshine outside. There he watched the movement of the
leaves upon the green cottonwoods. What had she said to him when
she went? She had said, "Now I know how unhappy I have been."
These sweet words he repeated to himself over and over, fearing
in some way that he might lose them. They almost slipped from him
at times; but with a jump of his mind he caught them again and