|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
Shaftesbury resolved to stir the nation to its centre, at the
expense of peace, honour, and bloodshed.
On the 21st of October, Parliament assembled, when Lord Danby,
much against his majesty's inclination, brought the subject of
the plot before the Commons. This was a movement much
appreciated by the House, which, fired by the general
indignation, resolved to deal out vengeance with a strong hand.
As befitted such intention, they began by requesting his majesty
would order a day of general fasting and prayer, to implore the
mercy of Almighty God. The king complying with this desire, they
next, "in consideration of the bloody and traitorous designs,"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from 1984 by George Orwell:
capitalism. In the Party itself there were not many people left whose ideas
had been formed before the Revolution. The older generation had mostly
been wiped out in the great purges of the fifties and sixties, and the few
who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual
surrender. If there was any one still alive who could give you a truthful
account of conditions in the early part of the century, it could only be a
prole. Suddenly the passage from the history book that he had copied into
his diary came back into Winston's mind, and a lunatic impulse took hold
of him. He would go into the pub, he would scrape acquaintance with that
old man and question him. He would say to him: 'Tell me about your life
when you were a boy. What was it like in those days? Were things better