|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
the springs both of mirth and of melancholy in the ancient maidenliness
with which Mrs. Bread endeavored to comply with these directions.
She was not playing at being fluttered, which would have been
simply ridiculous; she was doing her best to carry herself as a person
so humble that, for her, even embarrassment would have been pretentious;
but evidently she had never dreamed of its being in her horoscope
to pay a visit, at night-fall, to a friendly single gentleman who lived
in theatrical-looking rooms on one of the new Boulevards.
"I truly hope I am not forgetting my place, sir," she murmured.
"Forgetting your place?" cried Newman. "Why, you are remembering it.
This is your place, you know. You are already in my service;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
king to Blentz. Some action must be taken immediately--it
would never do to let this breach of treaty pass unnoticed.
The Serbian minister who had sent word to the chancellor
of the invasion by the Austrian troops was closeted with
him for an hour after his arrival at the palace. It was clear
to both these men that the hand of Zellerndorf was plainly in
evidence in both the important moves that had occurred in
Lutha within the past twenty-four hours--the luring of the
king to Blentz and the entrance of Austrian soldiery into
Following his interview with the Serbian minister Von der
The Mad King