|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
took up a determined stand in his doorway, until at last he made a most
humiliating move for safety.
Bit by bit Sara Lee got the story, its bare detail from Henri, its
courage and sheer recklessness from Jean. It would, for instance, run
like this, with Henri in a chair perhaps, and cutting dressings - since
that might be done with one hand - and Sara Lee, sleeves rolled up and
a great bowl of vegetables before her:
"And when you got through the water, Henri?" she would ask: "What then?"
It was quite simple. They had put up some additional wire, however -"
"There was a break," he would explain. "I have told you - between their
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Contrast by Royall Tyler:
path with roses.
My sweet friend, not quite so poetical, and a little
Hands off, Letitia. I feel the rage of simile upon
me; I can't talk to you in any other way. My brother
has a heart replete with the noblest sentiments, but
then, it is like--it is like--Oh! you provoking girl,
you have deranged all my ideas--it is like--Oh! I
have it--his heart is like an old maiden lady's band-