|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
became stiff and I felt faint. I had only been at the Board a
short time when they sent a servant to tell me that my wife was
quiet and sleeping. When I returned in the evening the fever was
gone and she was rational."
The Funeral Ceremonies of a Dowager Princess
There are five degrees of mourning, as follows:--For parents,
grandparents and great-grandparents; for brothers and sisters;
for uncles and aunts; and for distant relatives. In the first
sackcloth without hem or border; in the second with hem or
border; in the third, fourth and fifth, pieces of sackcloth on
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw:
FRANK. Do, in Heaven's name!
[Vivie goes to the writing-table and makes a memorandum to order
the butter. Praed comes in from the kitchen, putting up his
handkerchief, which he has been using as a napkin.]
REV. S. Frank, my boy: it is time for us to be thinking of home.
Your mother does not know yet that we have visitors.
PRAED. I'm afraid we're giving trouble.
FRANK [rising] Not the least in the world: my mother will be
delighted to see you. She's a genuinely intellectual artistic
woman; and she sees nobody here from one year's end to another
except the gov'nor; so you can imagine how jolly dull it pans out