|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
my mug. Get steam up in that fire-box o' your'n. I'm goin' to
unrig the dogs an' grub 'em. An' don't be shy o' the wood, my
lad; there's plenty more where that come from, and it's you've got
the time to sling an axe. An' tote up a bucket o' water while
you're about it. Lively! or I'll run you down, so 'elp me!"
Such a thing was unheard of. Jacob Kent was making the fire,
chopping wood, packing water--doing menial tasks for a guest!
When Jim Cardegee left Dawson, it was with his head filled with
the iniquities of this roadside Shylock; and all along the trail
his numerous victims had added to the sum of his crimes. Now, Jim
Cardegee, with the sailor's love for a sailor's joke, had
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard:
the twilight like a sword of fire. Full upon the closed petals
it fell and ran shimmering down their golden sides, and then
the glorious flower opened as though beneath the bright influence.
Slowly it opened, and as the great petals fell wide and revealed
the golden altar on which the fire ever burns, the priests blew
a blast upon the trumpets, and from all the people there rose
a shout of praise that beat against the domed roof and came echoing
down the marble walls. And now the flower altar was open, and
the sunlight fell full upon the tongue of sacred flame and beat
it down, so that it wavered, sank, and vanished into the hollow
recesses whence it rose. As it vanished, the mellow notes of