|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
the common embryological character of the Vertebrata, until beds far
beneath the lowest Silurian strata are discovered--a discovery of which the
chance is very small.
On the Succession of the same Types within the same areas, during the later
tertiary periods. -- Mr. Clift many years ago showed that the fossil
mammals from the Australian caves were closely allied to the living
marsupials of that continent. In South America, a similar relationship is
manifest, even to an uneducated eye, in the gigantic pieces of armour like
those of the armadillo, found in several parts of La Plata; and Professor
Owen has shown in the most striking manner that most of the fossil mammals,
buried there in such numbers, are related to South American types. This
On the Origin of Species
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
usual humble deference, he accompanied the others to the sidewalk.
Before the commissioners left the house, the Chief commanded Johann
to answer carefully any questions Muller might put to him.
"He'll find something, you may be sure," said Horn, as they drove
off in the cab.
"Let him that's his business. He is officially bound to see more
than the rest of us," smiled the older official good-naturedly.
"But in spite of it, he'll never get any further than the vestibule;
he'll be making bows to us to the end of his days."
"You think so? I've wondered at the man. I know his fame in the
capital, indeed, in police circles all over Austria and Germany.