|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
HE learned in that instant two things: one being that even in so
long a time she had gathered no knowledge of his great intimacy and
his great quarrel; the other that in spite of this ignorance,
strangely enough, she supplied on the spot a reason for his stupor.
"How extraordinary," he presently exclaimed, "that we should never
She gave a wan smile which seemed to Stransom stranger even than
the fact itself. "I never, never spoke of him."
He looked again about the room. "Why then, if your life had been
so full of him?"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
morning after his arrival, with a vague expectation of changes, of
finding great things had happened. But there were few
transformations in Piccadilly - only three or four big red houses
where there had been low black ones - and the brightness of the end
of June peeped through the rusty railings of the Green Park and
glittered in the varnish of the rolling carriages as he had seen it
in other, more cursory Junes. It was a greeting he appreciated; it
seemed friendly and pointed, added to the exhilaration of his
finished book, of his having his own country and the huge
oppressive amusing city that suggested everything, that contained
everything, under his hand again. "Stay at home and do things here