|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
listened appalled; then she sprang forward and dragged down
his arm and laid her hand upon his mouth.
'Whist!' she cried. 'Whist ye, for God's sake! O my man,
whist ye! If Heaven were to hear; if poor Aunt Susan were to
hear! Think, she may be listening.' And with the
histrionism of strong emotion she pointed to a corner of the
His eyes followed her finger. He looked there for a little,
thinking, blinking; then he got stiffly to his feet and
resumed his place upon the settle, the bad piece still in his
hand. So he sat for some time, looking upon the half-crown,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
'What is the height of that bank yonder, at Burgess's?'
'How can I tell, sir. It is three-quarters of a mile away.'
'Very poor eye--very poor. Take the glass.'
I took the glass, and presently said--'I can't tell.
I suppose that that bank is about a foot and a half high.'
'Foot and a half! That's a six-foot bank. How high was the bank
along here last trip?'
'I don't know; I never noticed.'
'You didn't? Well, you must always do it hereafter.'
'Because you'll have to know a good many things that it tells you.