|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
it seems greatly to surpass Will-o'-the-Wisp, or any of those
earthly spectres of which we have so often heard.'
[Monday, 13th June]
From the difficulties attending the landing on the rock,
owing to the breach of sea which had for days past been around
it, the artificers showed some backwardness at getting into
the boats this morning; but after a little explanation this
was got over. It was always observable that for some time
after anything like danger had occurred at the rock, the
workmen became much more cautious, and on some occasions their
timidity was rather troublesome. It fortunately happened,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
breathless pause. Myles was surprised at his own coolness; every
nervous tremor was gone. Before, he had been conscious of the
critical multitude looking down upon him; now it was a conflict
of man to man, and such a conflict had no terrors for his young
heart of iron.
The spectators had somehow come to the knowledge that this was to
be a more serious encounter than the two which had preceded it,
and a breathless silence fell for the moment or two that the
knights stood in place.
Once more he breathed a short prayer, "Holy Mary, guard me!"
Then again, for the third time, the Marshal raised his baton, and
Men of Iron