|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
turned himself over on his belly and grasping his revolver in his
right hand drew himself up until he could look over the edge of
Malbihn saw him instantly and fired; but Baynes did not flinch
or duck. With painstaking care he aimed at the target upon the
shore from which he now was drifting with the current. His finger
closed upon the trigger--there was a flash and a report, and
Malbihn's giant frame jerked to the impact of another bullet.
But he was not yet dead. Again he aimed and fired, the bullet
splintering the gunwale of the canoe close by Baynes' face.
Baynes fired again as his canoe drifted further down stream and
The Son of Tarzan
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
into the gash, and slit the windpipe. The pig was instantly silent, his dying
breath coming through the hole
"That's better," she said.
"It is a hateful business!" said he.
"Pigs must be killed."
The animal heaved in a final convulsion, and, despite the rope,
kicked out with all his last strength. A tablespoonful of black clot
came forth, the trickling of red blood having ceased for some seconds.
"That's it; now he'll go," said she. "Artful creatures--
they always keep back a drop like that as long as they can!"
The last plunge had come so unexpectedly as to make Jude stagger,
Jude the Obscure