|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
of confused surprise was in his mind but nothing else, and then his
eyes closed. The awakening was another matter. But that, too,
Mills had foreseen. For days he attended the bedside patiently
letting the man in the bed talk to him of Dona Rita but saying
little himself; till one day he was asked pointedly whether she had
ever talked to him openly. And then he said that she had, on more
than one occasion. "She told me amongst other things," Mills said,
"if this is any satisfaction to you to know, that till she met you
she knew nothing of love. That you were to her in more senses than
one a complete revelation."
"And then she went away. Ran away from the revelation," said the
The Arrow of Gold
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
pleasant human instinct of the matchmaker softened his heart.
'Well, I call that cool,' he repeated; 'you seem to count very
securely upon Uncle Ned. But look here, Gid, I thought I had told
you to keep away?'
'To keep away from Maidenhead,' replied Gid. 'But how should I
expect to find you here?'
'There is something in that,' Mr Bloomfield admitted. 'You see I
thought it better that even you should be ignorant of my address;
those rascals, the Finsburys, would have wormed it out of you.
And just to put them off the scent I hoisted these abominable
colours. But that is not all, Gid; you promised me to work, and