|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lemorne Versus Huell by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard:
The Champagne did not prevent me from reflecting on the fact that
he had not yet asked whether I loved him.
The spirit chorus again floated through my mind:
Deep in thought,
*Give* themselves for life."
I was not allowed to *give* myself--I was *taken*.
"No heel-taps," he whispered, "to the bottom quaff."
"Take me home, will you?"
"Mrs. Bliss is not ready."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:
Carl rose and looked up at the picture of
John Bergson. "But I can't, my dear, I can't!
I will go North at once. Instead of idling about
in California all winter, I shall be getting my
bearings up there. I won't waste another week.
Be patient with me, Alexandra. Give me a
"As you will," said Alexandra wearily. "All
at once, in a single day, I lose everything; and I