|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
me inside the cage," he directed as the deputy marshal kept the gate
closed at his approach. "Your prisoner appears ill."
One glance at the burglar proved the truth of the physician's
statement and the gate was hastily opened. Stone bent over the man,
whose spasmodic breathing could be heard distinctly through the
court room, then his gaze shifted to the other occupants of the cage.
"The man must have air," he declared. "Your aid here." Looking up
his eyes met Clymer's, and the latter came swiftly into the cage,
followed by Rochester, and the deputy marshal slammed the door shut
"Step out this way," he said, as Clymer aided the physician in
The Red Seal
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
it were deprived of the moral support of his whiskers. He clapped
his hands and absolutely cried out, "Lost!"
"Be quiet," I said, sternly.
He lowered his tone, but I saw the shadowy gesture of his despair.
"What are we doing here?"
"Looking for the land wind."
He made as if to tear his hair, and addressed me recklessly.
"She will never get out. You have done it, sir. I knew it'd end
in something like this. She will never weather, and you are too
close now to stay. She'll drift ashore before she's round. O my
'Twixt Land & Sea