|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
serve the Lord only that he might be cast down. He had been given
faith without the strength of faith; he had been given spirit
without the power of spirit. It was unjust.
"Where now is thy god?" the half-breed demanded.
"I do not know." He stood straight and rigid, like a child
repeating a catechism.
"Hast thou then a god at all?"
Hay Stockard swept the blood from his eyes and laughed. The
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum:
"See here, my good steed," broke in the Wizard, "little Dorothy and I
have been in many queer countries in our travels, and always escaped
without harm. We've even been to the marvelous Land of Oz--haven't
we, Dorothy?--so we don't much care what the Country of the Gargoyles
is like. Go ahead, Jim, and whatever happens we'll make the best of it."
"All right," answered the horse; "this is your excursion, and not
mine; so if you get into trouble don't blame me."
With this speech he bent forward and dragged the buggy up the
remaining steps. The others followed and soon they were all standing
upon a broad platform and gazing at the most curious and startling
sight their eyes had ever beheld.
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz