|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
John Oxenham's hapless compact made in like case.
"Eat them," quoth the cacique, innocently enough.
"Humph!" said Cary. "The old proverb comes true--'the more the
merrier: but the fewer the better fare.' I think we will do
without our red friends for this time."
Ayacanora, who had been preaching war like a very Boadicea, was
"Do you too want to dine off roast Spaniards?" asked Amyas.
She shook her head, and denied the imputation with much disgust.
Amyas was relieved; he had shrunk from joining the thought of so
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Chinese Boy and Girl by Isaac Taylor Headland:
"Chi," we asked, "what kind of games do boys play?"
Slowly and solemnly Chi wound one leg around the other as he
"Lots of them."
This is the stereotyped answer that will come from any
Chinaman to almost any question he may be asked about