|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:
made her heart leap for joy, something that looked drowned enough, but wasn't.
Rudolph was running up the hill as fast as his soaking clothing would let him,
and, reaching the door breathless enough, he sank down on the floor of the
"Oh, Mrs. Gerald," he said, as soon as he could catch his breath, "Mabel
and Tattine are all right; they're safe in the log play-house at the
Cornwells', but we've had an awful fright. Is Barney home? When the hail came
I tied him to a tree and we ran into the log house, but he broke away the next
minute and took to his heels and ran as fast as his legs could carry him.
Barney's an awful fraud, Mrs. Gerald."
But Mrs. Gerald had no time just then to give heed to Barney's misdoings.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
speculative elements are thus happily blended by Paul, the new
religion doubtless owed in great part its rapid success. Into an
account of the causes which favoured the spreading of
Christianity, it is not our purpose to enter at present. But we
may note that the local religions of the ancient pagan world had
partly destroyed each other by mutual intermingling, and had lost
their hold upon people from the circumstance that their ethical
teaching no longer corresponded to the advanced ethical feeling
of the age. Polytheism, in short, was outgrown. It was outgrown
both intellectually and morally. People were ceasing to believe
in its doctrines, and were ceasing to respect its precepts. The
The Unseen World and Other Essays