|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
room. "And I want to let yez have it right off the bat that if
you've been leading that little Mexican senorita into trouble
you've got a quarrel on with Mike O'Halloran."
"Keep your shirt on, old fire-eater. Who told you I was wronging
"Are you married to her?"
"You bet I ain't. You see, Mick, that handsome lady you're going
to lick the stuffing out of me about is only a plumb ornery sassy
young boy, after all."
"No!" denied Mick, his eyes two excited interrogation-points.
"You can't stuff me with any such fairy-tale, me lad."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
'Harry D. Bellairs?' That the name? He's there right enough."
And the next morning I saw him on the forward deck, sitting in
a chair, a book in his hand, a shabby puma skin rug about his
knees: the picture of respectable decay. Off and on, I kept him
in my eye. He read a good deal, he stood and looked upon the
sea, he talked occasionally with his neighbours, and once when
a child fell he picked it up and soothed it. I damned him in my
heart; the book, which I was sure he did not read--the sea, to
which I was ready to take oath he was indifferent--the child,
whom I was certain he would as lieve have tossed overboard
--all seemed to me elements in a theatrical performance; and I