|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw:
Where was I? This repulsive mask--Yes. _[Explosively]_ What is
MRS TARLETON. John!
HYPATIA. Death is a rather unpleasant subject, papa.
TARLETON. Not a bit. Not scientifically. Scientifically it's a
delightful subject. You think death's natural. Well, it isnt. You
read Weismann. There wasnt any death to start with. You go look in
any ditch outside and youll find swimming about there as fresh as
paint some of the identical little live cells that Adam christened in
the Garden of Eden. But if big things like us didnt die, we'd crowd
one another off the face of the globe. Nothing survived, sir, except
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
your correspondence, when it suits you. Whether I stay or not, I
mean; for I shall probably not stay."
"You're going somewhere else?" he put it with positive anxiety.
"Yes, ever so far away--to the other end of London. There are all
sorts of reasons I can't tell you; and it's practically settled.
It's better for me, much; and I've only kept on at Cocker's for
Making out in the dusk that he fairly blushed, she now measured how
far he had been from knowing too much. Too much, she called it at
present; and that was easy, since it proved so abundantly enough