|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber:
her clothes, drop them in a heap on the floor, and tumble,
unbrushed, unwashed, unmanicured, into bed. She never did it.
Things had been particularly trying to-night. After washing
out three handkerchiefs and pasting them with practised hand over
the mirror, Gertie had taken off her shoes and discovered a hole
the size of a silver quarter in the heel of her left stocking.
Gertie had a country-bred horror of holey stockings. She darned
the hole, yawning, her aching feet pressed against the smooth, cool
leg of the iron bed. That done, she had had the colossal courage
to wash her face, slap cold cream on it, and push back the cuticle
around her nails.
Buttered Side Down
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
with her elbows on the table Lady Agatha wearily supported her
head in her hands. Her attitude acknowledged defeat. She was
despairingly certain that she would never see the last of the box
which she believed to contain Reginald Maltravers.
Cleggett did not hesitate an instant. "Lady Agatha," he said,
"the Jasper B. is at your service as long as you may require the
ship. The cabin is your home until we arrive at a solution of
His glance and manner added what his tongue left unuttered--that
the commander of the ship was henceforth her devoted cavalier.
But she understood.