|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
and touched the third pill with the tip of his tongue; not content
with that he crushed it in his fingers, sniffed the drug, and again
tested it with his tongue. His expression was peculiar as he looked
up at Kent.
"These are not aconitine pills," he stated positively. "They are
nitro-glycerine. How did they get in this box?"
Kent rubbed his chin in bewilderment. The box bearing the aconitine
label and the pills had all rolled out of the china umbrella stand,
and he had taken it for granted that the pills belonged in the box.
"I found them loose in the same receptacle," he explained. "And
concluded they were what remained of the aconitine pills which
The Red Seal
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
Pray undeceive him as soon as you can, and tell him I beg
his pardon--that is--I do not know what I ought to say--but
make him understand what I mean, in the properest way.
I would not speak disrespectfully of a brother of yours,
Isabella, I am sure; but you know very well that if I could
think of one man more than another--he is not the person."
Isabella was silent. "My dear friend, you must not be
angry with me. I cannot suppose your brother cares
so very much about me. And, you know, we shall still
"Yes, yes" (with a blush), "there are more ways