|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
cattleman, and, before he spoke again, were satisfied. For both
of these men belonged to the old West whose word is as good as
its bond, that West which will go the limit for a cause once
under taken without any thought of retreat, regardless of the
odds or the letter of the law. Though they had never met before,
each knew at a glance the manner of man the other was.
"All right, seh. If you want me I reckon I'm here large as life,"
the ranger said,
"We'll adjourn to the poker room upstairs then, Mr. O'Connor"
Bucky laid a hand on the shoulder of the boy. "This kid goes with
me. I'm keeping an eye on him for the present."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Extracts From Adam's Diary by Mark Twain:
boughs and bunches of leaves, and when I asked her what she meant
by such nonsense, and snatched them away and threw them down, she
tittered and blushed. I had never seen a person titter and blush
before, and to me it seemed unbecoming and idiotic. She said I
would soon know how it was myself. This was correct. Hungry as
I was, I laid down the apple half eaten--certainly the best one I
ever saw, considering the lateness of the season--and arrayed
myself in the discarded boughs and branches, and then spoke to her
with some severity and ordered her to go and get some more and not
make such a spectacle of herself. She did it, and after this we
crept down to where the wild-beast battle had been, and collected