|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Bronte Sisters:
'Little differences, indeed!' I muttered.
'Well, but only remember the occasion. Think how - '
'Well, well, don't bother me now - I'll see about it,' I replied.
And my seeing about it was to send Fergus next morning, with my
mother's compliments, to make the requisite inquiries; for, of
course, my going was out of the question - or sending a message
either. He brought back intelligence that the young squire was
laid up with the complicated evils of a broken head and certain
contusions (occasioned by a fall - of which he did not trouble
himself to relate the particulars - and the subsequent misconduct
of his horse), and a severe cold, the consequence of lying on the
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Fisherman's Luck by Henry van Dyke:
is the patrimony of the saints in light.
"Come, laddie," I said to my comrade, "let us go home. You and I
are very rich. We own the mountains. But we can never sell them,
and we don't want to."
A LAZY, IDLE BROOK
"Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be
sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. And it is not
by any means certain that a manís business is the most important
thing he has to do."--ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: An Apology for Idlers.
A CASUAL INTRODUCTION