|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens:
fortitude, passed into the recess, and brought it out herself.
'Mother,' said Barnaby, looking at her steadfastly as she sat down
beside him after doing so; 'is to-day my birthday?'
'To-day!' she answered. 'Don't you recollect it was but a week or
so ago, and that summer, autumn, and winter have to pass before it
'I remember that it has been so till now,' said Barnaby. 'But I
think to-day must be my birthday too, for all that.'
She asked him why? 'I'll tell you why,' he said. 'I have always
seen you--I didn't let you know it, but I have--on the evening of
that day grow very sad. I have seen you cry when Grip and I were
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
humming an air - into the smoking-room. I took my way in some
dejection to bed; but in the passage I encountered Mr. Vereker, who
had been up once more to change, coming out of his room. HE was
humming an air and had on a spotted jacket, and as soon as he saw
me his gaiety gave a start.
"My dear young man," he exclaimed, "I'm so glad to lay hands on
you! I'm afraid I most unwittingly wounded you by those words of
mine at dinner to Miss Poyle. I learned but half an hour ago from
Lady Jane that you're the author of the little notice in THE
I protested that no bones were broken; but he moved with me to my