|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
town; and he would congratulate himself frankly
before her face on having secured such a level-
headed wife for his son. The rest of the town, he
confided to her once, in a fit of temper, was certainly
queer. The way they looked at you--the way they
talked to you! He had never got on with any one
in the place. Didn't like the people. He would
not have left his own country if it had not been
clear that his son had taken a fancy to Colebrook.
She humoured him in silence, listening patiently
by the fence; crocheting with downcast eyes.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
lightly, where it rested on the grass beside me.
"You must not say those things," I expostulated. "Perhaps, after
all, your friends - "
"I had no friends on the train." Her voice was hard again, her tone
final. She drew her hand from under mine, not quickly, but
decisively. A car was in sight, coming toward us. The steel finger
of civilization, of propriety, of visiting cards and formal
introductions was beckoning us in. Miss West put on her shoe.
We said little on the car. The few passengers stared at us frankly,
and discussed the wreck, emphasizing its horrors. The girl did not
seem to hear. Once she turned to me with the quick, unexpected
The Man in Lower Ten