|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson:
barking unmelodious movement of the voices would at times be broken
and glorified by a psalm-like strain of melody, often well
constructed, or seeming so by contrast. There was much variety of
measure, and towards the end of each piece, when the fun became
fast and furious, a recourse to this figure -
[Musical notation which cannot be produced. It means two/four time
with quaver, quaver, crotchet repeated for three bars.]
It is difficult to conceive what fire and devilry they get into
these hammering finales; all go together, voices, hands, eyes,
leaves, and fluttering finger-rings; the chorus swings to the eye,
the song throbs on the ear; the faces are convulsed with enthusiasm
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories by Alice Dunbar:
flounders and peering for soft-shell crabs.
Annette had wandered farther in the shallow water than the rest.
Suddenly she stumbled against a stone, the torch dropped and
spluttered at her feet. With a little helpless cry she looked at
the stretch of unfamiliar beach and water to find herself all
"Pardon me, mademoiselle," said a voice at her elbow; "you are in
It was her fisherman, and with a scarce conscious sigh of relief,
Annette put her hand into the outstretched one at her side.
"I was looking for soft shells," she explained, "and lost the
The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories