|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
rebuke; one would think I had been taking advantage of the poor
At last, having broken the lead of her pencil three times, she
turned a calm, considering eye upon me.
'You have known this for a fortnight?' she asked. 'That doesn't
seem somehow quite fair.'
'To whom?' I asked, and her answer startled me.
'To either of us,' she said.
How she advised herself to that effect is more than I can imagine,
but the print of her words is indelible, that is what she said.
'Oh, confound it!' I exclaimed. 'I couldn't help finding out, you
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Father Damien by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Dear Brother, - In answer to your inquires about Father Damien, I
can only reply that we who knew the man are surprised at the
extravagant newspaper laudations, as if he was a most saintly
philanthropist. The simple truth is, he was a coarse, dirty man,
headstrong and bigoted. He was not sent to Molokai, but went there
without orders; did not stay at the leper settlement (before he
became one himself), but circulated freely over the whole island
(less than half the island is devoted to the lepers), and he came
often to Honolulu. He had no hand in the reforms and improvements
inaugurated, which were the work of our Board of Health, as
occasion required and means were provided. He was not a pure man