|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
and with indifference to the stare of the passer-by surveying
them through the brazen plate-glass window.
And then came the war. The war that spelled death and
destruction to millions. The war that brought a fortune to Jo
Hertz, and transformed him, overnight, from a baggy-kneed old
bachelor whose business was a failure to a prosperous
manufacturer whose only trouble was the shortage in hides for the
making of his product. Leather! The armies of Europe called for
it. Harnesses! More harnesses! Straps! Millions of straps.
The musty old harness business over on Lake Street was magically
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Not in the least," Clymer spoke with emphasis. "A most honorable
fellow, Jimmie Turnbull; his murder was a shocking affair."
"Have the police found any motive for the crime, Kent?" asked Taylor.
"I believe not."
Harding, who had been ruminating in silence, leaned forward, his
expression alight with a sudden idea.
"Could it be that Turnbull found out that Rochester was passing
forged checks, and Rochester insured his silence by Poisoning him?"
Clymer and Kent exchanged glances, as Kent's thoughts reverted to
the forged letter presented by Turnbull to the bank's treasurer,
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