|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
cry so. AND dribble--I never seen a baby dribble like this one." She
wiped his mouth and nose with a corner of her skirt. "Some babies get
their teeth without you knowing it," she went on, "and some take on this
way all the time. I once heard of a baby that died, and they found all
it's teeth in its stomach."
The Man got up, unhooked his cloak from the back of the door, and flung it
"There's another coming," said he.
"What--a tooth!" exclaimed the Child, startled for the first time that
morning out of her dreadful heaviness, and thrusting her finger into the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
voluminously from the chimney top, its edges ruddy with the
fire; and from the far corner of the building, near the
ground, angry puffs of steam shone snow-white in the moon and
The doctor opened the door and paused upon the threshold.
'You ask me what I make here,' he observed. 'Two things:
Life and Death.' And he motioned me to enter.
'I shall await my mother,' said I.
'Child,' he replied, 'look at me: am I not old and broken?
Of us two, which is the stronger, the young maiden or the