|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Before Adam by Jack London:
little hold on life and died early, while we died
faster than new ones were born. Our number steadily
Then the radical change in our diet was not good for
us. We got few vegetables and fruits, and became
fish-eaters. There were mussels and abalones and clams
and rock-oysters, and great ocean-crabs that were
thrown upon the beaches in stormy weather. Also, we
found several kinds of seaweed that were good to eat.
But the change in diet caused us stomach troubles, and
none of us ever waxed fat. We were all lean and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
Apropos of beggars, Miss Grammont from the depths of her
chair threw out the statement that Italy was frightfully
overpopulated. "In some parts of Italy it is like mites on a
cheese. Nobody seems to be living. Everyone is too busy
"Poor old women carrying loads big enough for mules," said
"Little children working like slaves," said Miss Grammont.
"And everybody begging. Even the people at work by the
roadside. Who ought to be getting wages--sufficient. . . ."
"Begging--from foreigners--is just a sport in Italy," said