|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie:
John Cavendish joined us, and one or two of the servants were
standing round in a state of awe-stricken excitement. Lawrence
turned to his brother.
"What do you think we had better do?"
Never, I thought, had his indecision of character been more
John rattled the handle of Mrs. Inglethorp's door violently, but
with no effect. It was obviously locked or bolted on the inside.
The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds
were audible from the interior of the room. Clearly something
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Malbone: An Oldport Romance by Thomas Wentworth Higginson:
with her is too good for that slow set. She's the school-girl
we heard of at Nice, or somewhere; she wanted to elope with
somebody, and Phil Malbone stopped her, worse luck. She will be
for eloping with us, before long."
Emilia colored scarlet, and gave a furtive glance at Hope, half
of shame, half of triumph. Hope looked at Blanche with
surprise, made a movement forward, but was restrained by the
crowd, while the noisy damsel broke out in a different
"How fiendishly hot it is here, though! Jones junior, put your
elbow through that window! This champagne is boiling. What a