|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy:
'Pardon me,' replied the quiet voice. 'I cannot be of any
assistance to you.'
'I would not have disturbed you if I could have helped it. I am
only here till daybreak.'
He did not reply and she heard him muttering something, probably
'You will not be coming in here?' she asked, smiling. 'For I must
undress to dry myself.'
He did not reply, but continued to read his prayers.
'Yes, that is a man!' thought she, getting her dripping boot off
with difficulty. She tugged at it, but could not get it off.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
Strangers were not uncommon. Spectators came out often from the
little towns and from the farms round-about. When one of these
appeared the riverman nearest raised a long falsetto cry. This was
taken up by his next neighbour and passed on. In a few minutes all
that section of the drive knew that it would be wise to "lie low."
And inside of two weeks Orde had the great satisfaction of learning
that Heinzman was working--and working hard--a crew of fifty men.
"A pretty fair crew, even if he was taking out his whole drive,"
The gods of luck seemed to be with the new enterprise. Although
Orde had, of course, taken the utmost pains to foresee every