|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
legged monster rising from the lower deeps. The slush-lamp went
over, drowned in its own fat, while the midday twilight scarce
percolated through the dirty canvas of the tent.
"For the love of Gawd, Jan, get yer senses back!" pleaded Red
Bill. "We ain't goin' to hurt yeh, 'r kill yeh, 'r anythin' of
that sort. Jes' want to hang yeh, that's all, an' you a-messin'
round an' rampagin' somethin' terrible. To think of travellin'
trail together an' then bein' treated this-a way. Wouldn't
'bleeved it of yeh, Jan!"
"He's got too much steerage-way. Grab holt his legs, Taylor, and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
of the river in a very mysterious manner sometimes. A man may land
anywhere and bolt inland--but what about his five-ton cutter? You
can't carry that in your hand like a suit-case.
"Then as suddenly he would reappear in the river, after one had
given him up. I did not like to be beaten. That's why I hired
Dingle's decked boat. There was just the accommodation in her to
sleep a man and a dog. But I had no dog-friend to invite. Fyne's
dog who saved Flora de Barral's life is the last dog-friend I had.
I was rather lonely cruising about; but that, too, on the river has
its charm, sometimes. I chased the mystery of the vanishing Powell
dreamily, looking about me at the ships, thinking of the girl Flora,