|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
understood with difficulty. Not a single one of his features
showed the slightest animation, but his little eyes blinked rapidly
"Oh, ya! The mate. Ya, ya! He is very well. But, mein Gott, he
is one very funny man!"
Jasper could get no explanation of that remark, because the
Dutchman got into the boat hurriedly, and went back on board the
brig. But he consoled himself with the thought that very soon all
this unpleasant and rather absurd experience would be over. The
roadstead of Makassar was in sight already. Heemskirk passed by
him going on the bridge. For the first time the lieutenant looked
'Twixt Land & Sea
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain:
There was one thing that kept bothering me, and by
and by I says:
"Tom, didn't we start east?"
"How fast have we been going?"
"Well, you heard what the professor said when he
was raging round. Sometimes, he said, we was making
fifty miles an hour, sometimes ninety, sometimes a
hundred; said that with a gale to help he could make
three hundred any time, and said if he wanted the gale,
and wanted it blowing the right direction, he only had