|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dreams by Olive Schreiner:
And he said, "The man I touch, there wakes up in his blood a burning fever,
that shall lick his blood as fire. The fever that I will give him shall be
cured when his life is cured."
"You give wealth?"
He shook his head. "The man whom I touch, when he bends to pick up gold,
he sees suddenly a light over his head in the sky; while he looks up to see
it, the gold slips from between his fingers, or sometimes another passing
takes it from them."
He answered, "likely not. For the man I touch there is a path traced out
in the sand by a finger which no man sees. That he must follow. Sometimes
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
"I am sure I recognised him! Last night it seemed to me that maybe
I had seen him somewhere before."
"He is the man that brought the sack here?"
"I am almost sure of it."
"Then he is the ostensible Stephenson too, and sold every important
citizen in this town with his bogus secret. Now if he has sent
cheques instead of money, we are sold too, after we thought we had
escaped. I was beginning to feel fairly comfortable once more,
after my night's rest, but the look of that envelope makes me sick.
It isn't fat enough; $8,500 in even the largest bank-notes makes
more bulk than that."
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg