|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
them before it was too late, if, in fact, I could find them at all.
It had taken several hours to force my way up to the falls
against the strong current, and other hours would be required for
the descent, although the pace would be much swifter.
With a sigh I turned the prow of my craft down stream, and
with mighty strokes hastened with reckless speed through the dark
and tortuous channel until once again I came to the chamber into
which flowed the three branches of the river.
The Warlord of Mars
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
remaining joy"--her charming little Karl--had never succeeded in kindling
into flame those sparks of maternity which are supposed to glow in great
numbers upon the altar of every respectable female heart; but, in view of a
premeditated journey together, we became delightfully cordial.
"For us," she said, "there will be a double joy. We shall be able to watch
the happiness of these two dear children, Elsa and Fritz. They only
received the letters of blessing from their parents yesterday morning. It
is a very strange thing, but whenever I am in the company of newly-engaged
couples I blossom. Newly-engaged couples, mothers with first babies, and
normal deathbeds have precisely the same effect on me. Shall we join the