|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
alders, and up past the broken-down mill-dam and the crumbling
sluice, into the mountain-cleft from which it leaps laughing! The
water, except just after a rain-storm, is as transparent as glass--
old-fashioned window-glass, I mean, in small panes, with just a
tinge of green in it, like the air in a grove of young birches.
Twelve feet down in the narrow chasm below the falls, where the
water is full of tiny bubbles, like Apollinaris, you can see the
trout poised, with their heads up-stream, motionless, but quivering
a little, as if they were strung on wires.
The bed of the stream has been scooped out of the solid rock. Here
and there banks of sand have been deposited, and accumulations of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:
Connie paused. Did she? It was just possible. Yet the unscrupulousness
of Michaelis had a certain fascination for her. He went whole lengths
where Clifford only crept a few timid paces. In his way he had
conquered the world, which was what Clifford wanted to do. Ways and
means...? Were those of Michaelis more despicable than those of
Clifford? Was the way the poor outsider had shoved and bounced himself
forward in person, and by the back doors, any worse than Clifford's way
of advertising himself into prominence? The bitch-goddess, Success, was
trailed by thousands of gasping, dogs with lolling tongues. The one
that got her first was the real dog among dogs, if you go by success!
So Michaelis could keep his tail up.
Lady Chatterley's Lover