|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
pair retired, and the lady's laughter died away among the
nutmegs down the path. That was Irvine's first day's work in
my employment - the devil take him!
The next morning he returned and, as he was this time alone,
he bestowed his conversation upon us with great liberality.
He prided himself on his intelligence; asked us if we knew
the school ma'am. HE didn't think much of her, anyway. He
had tried her, he had. He had put a question to her. If a
tree a hundred feet high were to fall a foot a day, how long
would it take to fall right down? She had not been able to
solve the problem. "She don't know nothing," he opined. He
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde:
"He is gone," murmured Sibyl sadly. "I wish you had seen him."
"I wish I had, for as sure as there is a God in heaven,
if he ever does you any wrong, I shall kill him."
She looked at him in horror. He repeated his words.
They cut the air like a dagger. The people round began to gape.
A lady standing close to her tittered.
"Come away, Jim; come away," she whispered. He followed her doggedly
as she passed through the crowd. He felt glad at what he had said.
When they reached the Achilles Statue, she turned round.
There was pity in her eyes that became laughter on her lips.
The Picture of Dorian Gray