|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
myself a while of a morning, is for a little while common to the
peasant and a little clear brooklet. It is pleasant, in the
tempered grey daylight of the olive shadows, to see the people
picking their way among the stones and the water and the brambles;
the women especially, with the weights poised on their heads and
walking all from the hips with a certain graceful deliberation.
TUESDAY. - I have been to Nice to-day to see Dr. Bennet; he agrees
with Clark that there is no disease; but I finished up my day with
a lamentable exhibition of weakness. I could not remember French,
or at least I was afraid to go into any place lest I should not be
able to remember it, and so could not tell when the train went. At
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
"And good-morning to you, my lord," returned she, extending her
hand to her friend; "we have seldom seen you of late at the
castle, and now I fear it is with no peaceful purpose."
"At least, let me not interrupt your harmony, Annot," said Lord
Menteith, "though my arrival may breed discord elsewhere. My
cousin Allan needs the assistance of your voice and music."
"My preserver," said Annot Lyle, "has a right to my poor
exertions; and you, too, my lord,--you, too, are my preserver,
and were the most active to save a life that is worthless enough,
unless it can benefit my protectors."
So saying, she sate down at a little distance upon the bench on