|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Case of The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
was of great value to him, at all events of great interest. Was
it the housekeeper who had put out the light? For now Muller did
not doubt for a moment that this sudden extinguishing of the lamp
was a signal. He believed that Knoll had seen clearly and that he
had told truly what he had seen. A lamp that is blown out by the
wind flickers uneasily before going out. A sudden extinguishing of
the light means human agency. And the lamp was lit again a few
moments afterward and burned on steadily as before. A short time
after the lamp had been put out the man had been seen going through
the garden. And it could not have been much later before the shot
was heard. This shot had been fired between the hours of nine and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
"It is no good for you to deny that you think I'm a horridly
unconventional sort of person!"
Cleggett made a polite, deprecatory gesture.
"Yes, yes, you do," she said, decidedly. "And, really, I am! I
am impulsive! I am TOO impulsive!" She raised the cup to her
lips, drank, and looked off towards the western horizon, which
the sun was beginning to paint ruddily; she mused, murmuring as
if to herself: "Sir Archibald always thought I was too
impulsive, dear man."
After a meditative pause she said, leaning her elbows on the
table and gazing searchingly into Cleggett's eyes: