|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Emma by Jane Austen:
When you have lived to my age, you will begin to think letters are
never worth going through the rain for."
There was a little blush, and then this answer,
"I must not hope to be ever situated as you are, in the midst of
every dearest connexion, and therefore I cannot expect that simply
growing older should make me indifferent about letters."
"Indifferent! Oh! no--I never conceived you could become indifferent.
Letters are no matter of indifference; they are generally a very
"You are speaking of letters of business; mine are letters
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
addition to the drawbridges which, spanning the moat
when lowered, could be drawn up at the approach of
an enemy, effectually stopping his advance.
The new towers and buildings added to the ancient
keep under the direction of Norman of Torn and the
grim, old man whom he called father, were of the Nor-
man type of architecture, the windows were larger, the
carving more elaborate, the rooms lighter and more
Within the great enclosure thrived a fair sized town,
for, with his ten hundred fighting-men, the Outlaw of
The Outlaw of Torn