|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Poor and Proud by Oliver Optic:
ashore. I asked the man where we stopped if he knew such a
merchant as Matthew Guthrie. He did not know him, and never heard
of him. Then I went round among the big merchants, and asked
about your grandfather. I asked a good many before I found one
who knew him, and he said your grandfather had been dead ten
years. I asked him where the family was. He said Mr. Guthrie had
only two daughters; that one of them had run away with her
father's clerk, and the other was married and gone to America. He
said her husband belonged to Baltimore. This was all he knew
about it, and all I could find out. We shall sail home in about
three weeks. I thought you would like to know; so I wrote this
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
they had smashed a bust of Apollo and ploughed the wall into deep
ruts; but, at least, they were no longer one of the public
spectacles of London.
'Well, sir,' said the vanman, 'I never see such a job.'
Gideon eloquently expressed his concurrence in this sentiment by
pressing a couple of sovereigns in the man's hand.
'Make it three, sir, and I'll stand Sam to everybody here!' cried
the latter, and, this having been done, the whole body of
volunteer porters swarmed into the van, which drove off in the
direction of the nearest reliable public-house. Gideon closed the
door on their departure, and turned to Julia; their eyes met; the