|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
attitude, seemed to be embarrassed by his stare.
As we sat enjoying the bivouac hospitality (the dish was really
excellent and our host in a shabby grey jacket still looked the
accomplished man-about-town) my eyes kept on straying towards that
corner. Blunt noticed this and remarked that I seemed to be
attracted by the Empress.
"It's disagreeable," I said. "It seems to lurk there like a shy
skeleton at the feast. But why do you give the name of Empress to
"Because it sat for days and days in the robes of a Byzantine
Empress to a painter. . . I wonder where he discovered these
The Arrow of Gold
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens:
talking of that night now--had come back, and nothing had happened
in the mean time. I feel as if I hadn't suffered any hardships,
but had knocked down poor Tom Cobb only yesterday, and had come to
see you with my bundle on my shoulder before running away.--You
Remember! But she said nothing. She raised her eyes for an
instant. It was but a glance; a little, tearful, timid glance. It
kept Joe silent though, for a long time.
'Well!' he said stoutly, 'it was to be otherwise, and was. I have
been abroad, fighting all the summer and frozen up all the winter,
ever since. I have come back as poor in purse as I went, and