|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
"I don't know exactly what he'll do but he said he was goin' up
North. He's got a Yankee friend in New York who wrote him about
workin' in a bank up there."
"Oh, no!" cried Scarlett from the bottom of her heart and, at the
cry, Will gave her the same look as before.
"Maybe 'twould be better all 'round if he did go North."
"No! No! I don't think so."
Her mind was working feverishly. Ashley couldn't go North! She
might never see him again. Even though she had not seen him in
months, had not spoken to him alone since that fateful scene in the
orchard, there had not been a day when she had not thought of him,
Gone With the Wind
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
In fact, carburetted hydrogen is not completely scentless,
and the engineer, whose sense of smell was very keen, was astonished
that it had not revealed the presence of the explosive gas.
At any rate, if the gas had mingled at all with the surrounding air,
it could only be in a very small stream. There was no danger
of an explosion, and they might without fear open the safety lamp
to try the experiment, just as the old miner had done before.
What troubled James Starr was, not lest too much gas
mingled with the air, but lest there should be little or none.
"Could they have been mistaken?" he murmured. "No: these men know
what they are about. And yet--"