|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Just Folks by Edgar A. Guest:
A stone-bruised heel or a swollen brow,
And in sorrowful tones she tells me how
She fell and "hurted herse'f to-day"
While she was having the "bestest play."
And I take her up in my arms and kiss
The new little wounds and whisper this:
"Oh, you must be careful, my little one,
You mustn't get hurt while your daddy's gone,
For every cut with its ache and smart
Leaves another bruise on your daddy's heart."
Every night I must stoop to see
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
day, besides the correspondence about this chair, which is heavy in
itself. My first story, 'Thrawn Janet,' all in Scotch, is accepted
by Stephen; my second, 'The Body Snatchers,' is laid aside in a
justifiable disgust, the tale being horrid; my third, 'The Merry
Men,' I am more than half through, and think real well of. It is a
fantastic sonata about the sea and wrecks; and I like it much above
all my other attempts at story-telling; I think it is strange; if
ever I shall make a hit, I have the line now, as I believe.
Fanny has finished one of hers, 'The Shadow on the Bed,' and is now
hammering at a second, for which we have 'no name' as yet - not by