|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling:
This in-door, sick-room life and constant strains wore Reggie down a
good deal, and shook his nerves, and lowered his billiard-play by
forty points. But the business of the Bank, and the business of the
sick-room, had to go on, though the glass was 116 degrees in the
At the end of the third month, Riley was sinking fast, and had begun
to realize that he was very sick. But the conceit that made him
worry Reggie, kept him from believing the worst. "He wants some
sort of mental stimulant if he is to drag on," said the doctor.
"Keep him interested in life if you care about his living." So
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
that a woman looks the prettier for having unfolded her wrongs or
her sufferings. "Well," he reflected, audibly, "I should like to see
you send his serene highness--somewhere!"
Madame Munster stooped and plucked a daisy from the grass.
"And not sign my renunciation?"
"Well, I don't know--I don't know," said Acton.
"In one case I should have my revenge; in another case I
should have my liberty."
Acton gave a little laugh as he helped her into the carriage.
"At any rate," he said, "take good care of that paper."
A couple of days afterward he asked her to come and see his house.