|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
She faced me. "Oh! George, dear, my heart aches, and I don't
know what I say and do. Give me your arm to lean on--it's good
to have you, dear, and lean upon you.... Yes, I know you care
for me. That's why I'm talking. We've always loved one another,
and never said anything about it, and you understand, and I
understand. But my heart's torn to pieces by this, torn to rags,
and things drop out I've kept in it. It's true he wasn't a
husband much for me at the last. But he was my child, George, he
was my child and all my children, my silly child, and life has
knocked him about for me, and I've never had a say in the matter;
never a say; it's puffed him up and smashed him--like an old
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Poems by T. S. Eliot:
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps.
The morning comes to consciousness
Of faint stale smells of beer
From the sawdust-trampled street
With all its muddy feet that press
To early coffee-stands.
With the other masquerades
That time resumes,
One thinks of all the hands