|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
clothes, mustache, and woolly white beard; and without further
speech he took himself on board the Eastbound train, which now
arrived from its siding in time to deliver him.
Yet this was not why he had not gone away before. At any time he
could have escaped into the baggage-room or withdrawn to a
dignified distance until his train should come up. But the old
man had evidently got a sort of joy from this teasing. He had
reached that inevitable age when we are tickled to be linked with
affairs of gallantry, no matter how.
With him now the East-bound departed slowly into that distance
whence I had come. I stared after it as it went its way to the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
with great good-will.
The road which we were following, and which this stalwart father
had made with his own two hands within the space of a year, came to
a corner, and showed us some white buildings a little farther on
beyond the wood. At the same time, the bell once more sounded
abroad. We were hard upon the monastery. Father Apollinaris (for
that was my companion's name) stopped me.
'I must not speak to you down there,' he said. 'Ask for the
Brother Porter, and all will be well. But try to see me as you go
out again through the wood, where I may speak to you. I am charmed
to have made your acquaintance.'