|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
found Jack Bailey there, with the Sunday golf crowd. Mr. Bailey
had not been hard to persuade--probably Gertrude knew why--and
they had carried him off triumphantly. I roused Liddy to get
them something to eat--Thomas was beyond reach in the lodge--and
paid no attention to her evident terror of the kitchen
regions. Then I went to bed. The men were still in the
billiard-room when I finally dozed off, and the last thing I
remember was the howl of a dog in front of the house. It wailed
a crescendo of woe that trailed off hopefully, only to break out
afresh from a new point of the compass.
At three o'clock in the morning I was roused by a revolver shot.
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
but suddenly, she seemed afraid to touch her.
Mr. Wentworth, however, was not afraid. "I have had more confidence
in Felix than in you," he said.
"Yes, you have never had confidence in me--never, never!
I don't know why."
"Oh sister, sister!" murmured Charlotte.
"You have always needed advice," Mr. Wentworth declared.
"You have had a difficult temperament."
"Why do you call it difficult? It might have been easy,
if you had allowed it. You would n't let me be natural.
I don't know what you wanted to make of me. Mr. Brand