|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
Then he arose gropingly to his feet, and started toward one of the
two doors leading from the room.
"Where are you going?" asked Orde quietly.
Newmark steadied himself with an effort.
"I'm going to get myself a drink in my bedroom," he snapped. "Any
"No," replied Orde. "None. After you get your drink, come back. I
want to talk to you."
Newmark snarled at him: "You needn't be afraid I'll run away. How'd
I get out of town?"
"I know it wouldn't pay you to run away," said Orde.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
When the porter announced "Boston," he started up and followed like a
sheep in the general exodus. Down on the platform he moved along with the
slow crowd till some one touched him, and, wheeling round, he seized both
his brother's hands and swore a good oath of joy.
There they stood--the long, brown fellow with the silk handkerchief
knotted over his flannel shirt, greeting tremendously the spruce
civilian, who had a rope-colored mustache and bore a fainthearted
resemblance to him. The story was plain on its face to the passers-by;
and one of the ladies who had come in the car with Lin turned twice, and
smiled gently to herself.
But Frank McLean's heart did not warm. He felt that what he had been