|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner:
with the tallow candles, I see nothing."
He had made himself a place between the two seats. She climbed up and sat
on the sloping floor in front.
"I thought I should find you here," she said, drawing her skirt up about
her shoulders. "You must take me home presently, but not now."
She leaned her head on the seat near to his, and they listened in silence
to the fitful twanging of the fiddles as the night-wind bore it from the
farmhouse, and to the ceaseless thud of the dancers, and the peals of gross
laughter. She stretched out her little hand to feel for his.
"It is so nice to lie here and hear that noise," she said. "I like to feel
that strange life beating up against me. I like to realise forms of life
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy:
the concave field across which the short cut was made to the village.
As he ascended on the other side a labouring man, who had been watching
his approach from a gate across the path, moved uneasily, and prepared
to speak. "I can see in his face that she is dead," said Jude.
"Poor Aunt Drusilla!"
It was as he had supposed, and Mrs. Edlin had sent out the man to break
the news to him.
"She wouldn't have knowed 'ee. She lay like a doll wi'
glass eyes; so it didn't matter that you wasn't here,"
Jude went on to the house, and in the afternoon, when everything was done,
Jude the Obscure