|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"It's a different way of thinking, I suppose," said I; "I was brought
up to this one by my father before me."
"Glory to his bones! he has left a decent son to his name," says he.
"Yet I would not have you judge me over-sorely. My case is dooms hard.
See, sir, ye tell me ye're a Whig: I wonder what I am. No Whig to be
sure; I couldnae be just that. But - laigh in your ear, man - I'm
maybe no very keen on the other side."
"Is that a fact?" cried I. "It's what I would think of a man of your
"Hut! none of your whillywhas!" cries he. "There's intelligence upon
both sides. But for my private part I have no particular desire to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
of poor Logan:--
"The horrid plough has rased the green
Where yet a child I strayed;
The axe has fell'd the hawthorn screen,
The schoolboy's summer shade."
I hope, however, the threatened devastation will not be
consummated in my day. Although the adventurous spirit of times
short while since passed gave rise to the undertaking, I have
been encouraged to think that the subsequent changes have so far
damped the spirit of speculation that the rest of the woodland
footpath leading to Aunt Margaret's retreat will be left