|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
stormy nor rainy. The health of Nadia and Michael was
good, and since leaving Tomsk they had gradually recovered
from their past fatigues.
As to Nicholas Pigassof, he had never been better in his
life. To him this journey was a trip, an agreeable excur-
sion in which he employed his enforced holiday.
"Decidedly," said he, "this is pleasanter than sitting
twelve hours a day, perched on a stool, working the manip-
Michael had managed to get Nicholas to make his horse
quicken his pace. To obtain this result, he had confided
|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:
forlorn hope. It was that in the first scramble to get in after
the way was opened he and his friends might push up the stairs in
the van, and hold the corridor for as long as they could against
the furious mob.
It took less than a quarter of an hour to batter down the door,
and among the first of those who sprang across the threshold were
Denver, Missou, Frisco and their allies. While others stopped to
overpower the struggling deputies according to the arranged
farce, they hurried upstairs and discovered the cell in which
their friends were fastened.
Frisco passed a revolver through the grating to McWilliams, and