|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
above the roof level. Hotchkiss was glowing.
"It is partly good luck, but not all," he panted in a whisper. "If
we had persisted in the search last night, he would have taken alarm
and fled. Now - we have him. Are you ready?"
He gave a mighty rap at the door with the fire tongs, and stood
expectant. Certainly he was right; some one moved within.
"Hello! Hello there!" Hotchkiss bawled. "You might as well come
out. We won't hurt you, if you'll come peaceably."
"Tell him we represent the law," I prompted. "That's the customary
thing, you know."
But at that moment a bullet came squarely through the door and
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry:
possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of
the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir,
she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other.
They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British
ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them?
Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years.
Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the
subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain.
Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we
find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir,
deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert