|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
office. No. XVII. beheld MR. TATLER'S humiliation, in which,
with fulsome apology and not very credible assurances of
respect and admiration, he disclaims the article in question,
and advertises a new issue of No. XVI. with all objectionable
matter omitted. This, with pleasing euphemism, he terms in a
later advertisement, 'a new and improved edition.' This was
the only remarkable adventure of MR. TATLER'S brief
existence; unless we consider as such a silly Chaldee
manuscript in imitation of BLACKWOOD, and a letter of reproof
from a divinity student on the impiety of the same dull
effusion. He laments the near approach of his end in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:
them something to their advantage, like Mr. Joseph Ady: only
somehow they are so strangely afraid of hearing it. But, I suppose
I am not a man of the world, and have no tact."
"But why don't you turn round and tell them so?"
"Because I can't. You see, I am one of the sons of Epimetheus, and
must go backwards, if I am to go at all."
"But why don't you stop, and let them come up to you?"
"Why, my dear, only think. If I did, all the butterflies and
cockyolybirds would fly past me, and then I should catch no more
new species, and should grow rusty and mouldy, and die. And I
don't intend to do that, my dear; for I have a destiny before me,