|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
wasted outlay.' I suppose they run this station from charity to the
cattle. Saves the poor things walking so far to the other railroad
'Policy of friendship ... genuine desire'--oh mouth-wash!" And, shaking
his bold, clever head, he daintily flattened the letter upon the head of
the agent. "Tubercle," said he (this was their name for the agent, who
had told all of us about his lungs), "it ain't your fault we saw their
fine letter. They just intended you should give it out how they wouldn't
bother us any more, and then we'd act square. The boys'll sit up late
over this joke."
Then they tramped to their horses and rode away. The spokesman had hit
the vital point unerringly; for cow-punchers are shrewdly alive to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
earth, God would bring it (to light). Verily, God is subtle, well
'O my son! be steadfast in prayer, and bid what is reasonable and
forbid what is wrong; be patient of what befalls thee, verily, that is
one of the determined affairs.
'And twist not thy cheek proudly, nor walk in the land haughtily;
verily, God loves not every arrogant boaster: but be moderate in thy
walk, and lower thy voice; verily, the most disagreeable of voices
is the voice of asses!'
Have ye not seen that God has subjected to you what is in the
heavens and what is in the earth, and has poured down upon you His