|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
added, "you may not find so altogether pleasing. Should any one of our
household fall sick, it will be your care to see and tend them to the
recovery of their health."
"Nay," she answered, "that will be my pleasantest of tasks, if careful
nursing may touch the springs of gratitude and leave them friendlier
And I (continued Ischomachus) was struck with admiration at her
answer, and replied: "Think you, my wife, it is through some such
traits of forethought seen in their mistress-leader that the hearts of
bees are won, and they are so loyally affectioned towards her that, if
ever she abandon her hive, not one of them will dream of being left
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
smiling sardonically, he looked into Grey's eyes.
"It is not what you have said. It is what you have inferred."
"And to call me knave!" said Wilding in a mocking horror.
The repression of his anger lent him a rare bitterness, and an almost
devilishly subtle manner of expressing wordlessly what was passing in
his mind. There was not one present but gathered from his utterance of
those five words that he did not hold Grey worthy the honour of being
called to account for that offensive epithet. He made just an
exclamatory protest, such as he might have made had a woman applied the
term to him.
Grey turned from him slowly to Monmouth. "It might be well," said he,