|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Main Street by Sinclair Lewis:
sentimentalities about giving so generously. You make me----"
"Wait! Wait! You know you're exaggerating. You never
thought about that mistress stuff till just this minute! Matter
of fact, you never have `smirked and hoped for money.' But
all the same, you may be right. You ought to run the household
as a business. I'll figure out a definite plan tomorrow,
and hereafter you'll be on a regular amount or percentage, with
your own checking account."
"Oh, that IS decent of you!" She turned toward him,
trying to be affectionate. But his eyes were pink and unlovely
in the flare of the match with which he lighted his dead and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
clear of the hay that he might free both ears to listen, his pulses
faintly quickened by the nascent fear that those voices might bode
him no good. Then he caught the reassuring accents of a woman,
musical and silvery, though laden with alarm.
"Ah, mon Dieu, Leandre, let us separate at once. If it should be
my father... "
And upon this a man's voice broke in, calm and reassuring:
"No, no, Climene; you are mistaken. There is no one coming. We
are quite safe. Why do you start at shadows?"
"Ah, Leandre, if he should find us here together! I tremble at the