|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
"Ah ha!" said Dalgetty; "I have faint remembrance of having heard
of that matter. Did you not put bread and cheese into a man's
mouth, when he had never a stomach whereunto to transmit the
"You have heard, then," said Ranald, "the tale of our revenge on
the haughty forester?"
"I bethink me that I have," said Dalgetty, "and that not of an
old date. It was a merry jest that, of cramming the bread into
the dead man's mouth, but somewhat too wild and salvage for
civilized acceptation, besides wasting the good victuals. I have
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair:
he might do as he pleased, and count himself as good as any other man.
So America was a place of which lovers and young people dreamed. If one
could only manage to get the price of a passage, he could count his
troubles at an end.
It was arranged that they should leave the following spring, and meantime
Jurgis sold himself to a contractor for a certain time, and tramped nearly
four hundred miles from home with a gang of men to work upon a railroad
in Smolensk. This was a fearful experience, with filth and bad food
and cruelty and overwork; but Jurgis stood it and came out in fine trim,
and with eighty rubles sewed up in his coat. He did not drink or fight,
because he was thinking all the time of Ona; and for the rest, he was