|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
and mumbled to himself at the window. Suddenly
he cried, piercingly: "Bessie--I see you. I'll tell
She made a movement as if to run away, but
stopped and raised her hands to her temples.
Young Hagberd, shadowy and big, stirred no more
than a man of bronze. Over their heads the crazy
night whimpered and scolded in an old man's voice.
"Send him away, my dear. He's only a vaga-
bond. What you want is a good home of your own.
That chap has no home--he's not like Harry. He
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
fortress, betrayed, on this occasion, the district of Argyle to
his enemies. The invaders had only to contend with the natural
difficulties of the path, and with the snow, which, fortunately,
had not fallen in any great quantity. The army no sooner reached
the summit of the ridge of hills dividing Argyleshire from the
district of Breadalbane, than they rushed down upon the devoted
vales beneath them with a fury sufficiently expressive of the
motives which had dictated a movement so difficult and hazardous.
Montrose divided his army into three bodies, in order to produce
a wider and more extensive terror, one of which was commanded by
the Captain of Clan Ranald, one intrusted to the leading of