|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
neighbor did the Von der Tanns rise against him.
"Sire! the Von der Tanns have always been loyal to the
house of Rubinroth. And but a single thing rises superior
within their breasts to that loyalty, and that is their loyalty
to Lutha." He paused for an instant before concluding. "And
I, sire, am a Von der Tann."
There could be no mistaking the old man's meaning. So
long as Leopold was loyal to his people and their interests
Ludwig von der Tann would be loyal to Leopold. The king
was cowed. He was very much afraid of this grim old war-
rior. He chafed beneath his censure.
The Mad King
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
"What is to do, Myles?" said his friend, anxiously. "What is all
this talk I hear concerning thee up yonder at the armory?"
"Oh, Francis!" cried Myles, with a husky choking voice: "I am to
be knighted--by the King--by the King himself; and I--I am to
fight the Sieur de la Montaigne."
He reached out his hand, and Gascoyne took it. They stood for a
while quite silent, and when at last the stillness was broken, it
was Gascoyne who spoke, in a choking voice.
"Thou art going to be great, Myles," said he. "I always knew that
it must be so with thee, and now the time hath come. Yea, thou
wilt be great, and live at court amongst noble folk, and Kings
Men of Iron