|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Island Nights' Entertainments by Robert Louis Stevenson:
All the while Keawe was eating and talking, and planning the time
of their return, and thanking her for saving him, and fondling her,
and calling her the true helper after all. He laughed at the old
man that was fool enough to buy that bottle.
"A worthy old man he seemed," Keawe said. "But no one can judge by
appearances. For why did the old reprobate require the bottle?"
"My husband," said Kokua, humbly, "his purpose may have been good."
Keawe laughed like an angry man.
"Fiddle-de-dee!" cried Keawe. "An old rogue, I tell you; and an
old ass to boot. For the bottle was hard enough to sell at four
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
with a good deal of his company, and almost more than I could
bear of his confidence. He had set up a laboratory in the
back part of the house, where he toiled day and night at his
elixir, and he would come thence to visit me in my parlour:
now with passing humours of discouragement; now, and far more
often, radiant with hope. It was impossible to see so much
of him, and not to recognise that the sands of his life were
running low; and yet all the time he would be laying out vast
fields of future, and planning, with all the confidence of
youth, the most unbounded schemes of pleasure and ambition.
How I replied I know not; but I found a voice and words to