|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger:
CHAPTER V: The Cruelty of Charity
``Fostering the good-for-nothing at the expense of the
good is an extreme cruelty. It is a deliberate storing
up of miseries for future generations. There is no greater
curse to posterity than that of bequeathing them an increasing
population of imbeciles.''
The last century has witnessed the rise and development of
philanthropy and organized charity. Coincident with the all-
conquering power of machinery and capitalistic control, with the
unprecedented growth of great cities and industrial centers, and the
|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:
"Hell!" he said, at sight of the distant town. Then, truculently,
to the Virginian, "I told you I was going to get a bottle here."
"Have your bottle, then," said the deputy foreman, and kicked him
off into Dakota. (It was not North Dakota yet; they had not
divided it.) The Virginian had aimed his pistol at about the same
time with his boot. Therefore the man sat in Dakota quietly,
watching us go away into Montana, and offering no objections.
Just before he became too small to make out, we saw him rise and
remove himself back toward the saloons.
XV. THE GAME AND THE NATION--ACT SECOND
"That is the only step I have had to take this whole trip," said