|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
distinct; still we could see well enough to guess their meaning.
"It's up to us to march," said Harry.
"And step high, Hal; it may be our last one. If we only had
our knives! But there are thousands of 'em."
"But if it comes to the worst--"
"Then--I'm with you. Forward!"
We started, and as we did so one of the four who had
approached darted from behind and led the way. Not a hand had
touched us, and this appeared to me a good sign, without knowing
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
murdering a man in order to define one's relation to a guilty
wife and son? I should still just as much have to decide what I
ought to do with her. But what is more probable and what would
doubtless occur--I should be killed or wounded. I, the innocent
person, should be the victim--killed or wounded. It's even more
senseless. But apart from that, a challenge to fight would be an
act hardly honest on my side. Don't I know perfectly well that my
friends would never allow me to fight a duel--would never allow
the life of a statesman, needed by Russia, to be exposed to
danger? Knowing perfectly well beforehand that the matter would
never come to real danger, it would amount to my simply trying to