|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
his hasty note;
And he couldn't see his father, sitting sor-
rowful and dumb,
Or he never would have written that he thought
he couldn't come.
He little knew the gladness that his presence
would have made,
And the joy it would have given, or he never
would have stayed.
He didn't know how hungry had the little
A Heap O' Livin'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
trout, as yet the boy had only dreamed. But he had heard that
there were such fish in the streams that flowed down from the
mountains around Lake George, and he was at the happy age when he
could believe anything--if it was sufficiently interesting.
There was one little river, and only one, within his knowledge and
the reach of his short legs. It was a tiny, lively rivulet that
came out of the woods about half a mile away from the hotel, and
ran down cater-cornered through a sloping meadow, crossing the road
under a flat bridge of boards, just beyond the root-beer shop at
the lower end of the village. It seemed large enough to the boy,
and he had long had his eye upon it as a fitting theatre for the