|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
"See here, you fellows," he broke out, "this is a sickening
business, and I'm done with it for one." So saying, he showed
his cards, tore them across, and rose from the ground.
The company stared and murmured in mere amazement; but
Mac stepped gallantly to his support.
"We've had enough of it, I do believe," said he. "But of course
it was all fun, and here's my counters back. All counters in,
boys!" and he began to pour his winnings into the chest, which
stood fortunately near him.
Carthew stepped across and wrung him by the hand. "I'll never
forget this," he said.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll:
That shivered half the glasses.
"Why couldn't you have told me so
Three quarters of an hour ago,
You prince of all the asses?
"To walk four miles through mud and rain,
To spend the night in smoking,
And then to find that it's in vain -
And I've to do it all again -
It's really TOO provoking!
"Don't talk!" he cried, as I began
To mutter some excuse.