|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
shall not attempt to quote these people in their own ab-
breviated tongue--you would have even greater diffi-
culty in interpreting them than did I. Instead, I shall
put the words into their mouths which will carry to you
the ideas which they intended to convey.
"You are an enemy," was Gr-gr-gr's initial declaration.
"You belong to the tribe of Hooja."
Ah! So they knew Hooja and he was their enemy!
"I am an enemy of Hooja," I replied. "He has stolen
my mate and I have come here to take her away from
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
Marlow's tone being apologetic and our new acquaintance having again
turned to the window I took it upon myself to say:
"You are justified. There is very little intelligent design in the
majority of marriages; but they are none the worse for that.
Intelligence leads people astray as far as passion sometimes. I
know you are not a cynic."
Marlow smiled his retrospective smile which was kind as though he
bore no grudge against people he used to know.
"Little Fyne's marriage was quite successful. There was no design
at all in it. Fyne, you must know, was an enthusiastic pedestrian.
He spent his holidays tramping all over our native land. His tastes