|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
the man who had come looked rough, we had best not have him in the house;
therefore I brought him here. It was a deliberate lie, and I hate lies. I
tell them if I must, but they hurt me."
"Well, you do not tell lies to yourself, at all events. You are candid, so
She interrupted him.
"You got my short letter?"
"Yes; that is why I come. You sent a very foolish reply; you must take it
back. Who is this fellow you talk of marrying?"
"A young farmer."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
well known to wear when going to bathe. These things made a little
heap, and the sailor remarked, after gazing at it in silence -
"Birds have been hovering over this for many a day."
"He's gone bathing and got drowned," cried the Editor in dismay.
"I doubt it, sir. If he had been drowned anywhere within a mile
from the shore the body would have been washed out on the reefs.
And our boats have found nothing so far."
Nothing was ever found - and Renouard's disappearance remained in
the main inexplicable. For to whom could it have occurred that a
man would set out calmly to swim beyond the confines of life - with
a steady stroke - his eyes fixed on a star!
Within the Tides