|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde:
the little Nightingale who had built her nest in his branches.
"Sing me one last song," he whispered; "I shall feel very lonely
when you are gone."
So the Nightingale sang to the Oak-tree, and her voice was like
water bubbling from a silver jar.
When she had finished her song the Student got up, and pulled a
note-book and a lead-pencil out of his pocket.
"She has form," he said to himself, as he walked away through the
grove - "that cannot be denied to her; but has she got feeling? I
am afraid not. In fact, she is like most artists; she is all
style, without any sincerity. She would not sacrifice herself for
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
the other before the hand could grasp what it sought. As he
clutched his enemy he felt what he had in that instant expected
to feel--the handle of a dagger. The next moment he cried, in a
loud voice: "Oh, thou villain! Help, Gascoyne! He hath a knife
under his doublet!"
In answer to his cry for help, Myles's friends started to his
aid. But the bachelors shouted, "Stand back and let them fight it
out alone, else we will knife ye too." And as they spoke, some of
them leaped from the benches whereon they stood, drawing their
knives and flourishing them.
For just a few seconds Myles's friends stood cowed, and in those
Men of Iron