|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
The prime-minister grasped his hand and wrung it. "My lord," said
he, "how can I express my gratitude! The palace of my son that
stands by the river--I would that you would use it for your
own, if I may be so bold as to offer it to you."
"I will," said Beppo, "use it as my own."
The prime-minister wrung his hand again, and then Beppo rode
The next time that Beppo spoke to the king, at the princess's
bidding, he looked at the lord-treasurer, and said, as he had
said to the prime-minister, "Alas, my poor friend!"
When he rode away he left the lord-treasurer as white as ashes to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from God The Invisible King by H. G. Wells:
investigator he will know that the research is what God needs of
him. He cannot continue it at all if he leaves his position, and so
he must needs waste something of his gift to save the rest. But
should a poorer or a humbler post offer him better opportunity,
there lies his work for God. There one has a very common and simple
type of the problems that will arise in the lives of men when they
are lit by sudden realisation of the immediacy of God.
Akin to that case is the perplexity of any successful physician
between the increase of knowledge and the public welfare on the one
hand, and the lucrative possibilities of his practice among wealthy
people on the other. He belongs to a profession that is crippled by