|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
on Pemberton's looking as if he expected a farewell from him,
interposed with: "Leave him, leave him; he's so strange!"
Pemberton supposed her to fear something he might say. "He's a
genius - you'll love him," she added. "He's much the most
interesting person in the family." And before he could invent some
civility to oppose to this she wound up with: "But we're all good,
"He's a genius - you'll love him!" were words that recurred to our
aspirant before the Friday, suggesting among many things that
geniuses were not invariably loveable. However, it was all the
better if there was an element that would make tutorship absorbing:
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
trees forming the outer margin of the grove.
Then he heard a heavy person shuffling about in slippers, and
calling 'Mr. Smith!' Smith proceeded to the study, and found Mr.
Swancourt. The young man expressed his gladness to see his host
'Oh yes; I knew I should soon be right again. I have not made the
acquaintance of gout for more than two years, and it generally
goes off the second night. Well, where have you been this
morning? I saw you come in just now, I think!'
'Yes; I have been for a walk.'
A Pair of Blue Eyes