|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Extracts From Adam's Diary by Mark Twain:
to get her a kangaroo if she would let this one go, but it did no
good--she is determined to run us into all sorts of foolish risks,
I think. She was not like this before she lost her mind.
A Fortnight Later
I examined its mouth. There is no danger yet; it has only one
tooth. It has no tail yet. It makes more noise now than it ever
did before--and mainly at night. I have moved out. But I shall
go over, mornings, to breakfast, and to see if it has more teeth.
If it gets a mouthful of teeth, it will be time for it to go, tail
or no tail, for a bear does not need a tail in order to be
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
It was dark by the time he reached the cabin. He dismounted, and
with his arms full of provisions pushed into the hut.
"Awake, Bann?" he asked in a low voice.
The answer was unexpected. Something heavy struck his chest and
flung him back against the wall. Before he could recover his
balance he was pinioned fast. Four men had hurled themselves upon
"We've got you, Jim. Not a mite o' use resisting," counseled the
"Think I don't savez that? I can take a hint when a whole
Methodist church falls on me. Who are y'u, anyhow?"