|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
come near her? Were they playing at cat-and-mouse, watching her
before they struck, so that she would lead them to those jewels
under the flooring here that were worth a king's ransom? They
certainly believed that the White Moll had them. The Adventurer's
note, so ironically true, that he had intended as an alibi for
himself, and which he had exchanged for the package in old Luertz's
place, would have left no doubt in their minds but that the stones
were in her possession. Was that it? Were they - She held her
breath. It seemed as though suddenly her limbs were refusing to
support her weight. In the soft earth outside she had heard no
step, but she saw now a shadow fall athwart the half-open door-way.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
mind and some less irritated temper. "But I already have it,"
Gwendolen said. "Drayton Deane was so good as to bring it to me
yesterday, and I've just finished it."
"Yesterday? How did he get it so soon?"
"He gets everything so soon! He's to review it in THE MIDDLE."
"He - Drayton Deane - review Vereker?" I couldn't believe my ears.
"'Why not? One fine ignorance is as good as another."
I winced but I presently said: "You ought to review him yourself!"
"I don't 'review,'" she laughed. "I'm reviewed!"
Just then the door was thrown open. "Ah yes, here's your
reviewer!" Drayton Deane was there with his long legs and his tall