|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
when he became a partner in the house. So a couple of dinners
were given in the mansion during December, after which the father
called the son's attention to the fact that over a hundred
had sat around the board.
But on Christmas Eve father and son were dining together without
and their talk across the broad table, glittering with silver and
cut glass, and softly lit by shaded candles, was intimate, though
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad:
the great man is wallowing in the chair--perhaps asleep;
and if he is, that would not make it much worse either--
take my word for it."
He tried to thrust himself farther in. Massy, with
lowered forehead, one hand grasping the back of the
arm-chair, did not budge.
"You think, sir, that the man has got you tight in
his agreement . . ." Massy raised a heavy snarling
face at this . . . "Well, sir, one can't help hearing
of it on board. It's no secret. And it has been the
talk on shore for years; fellows have been making bets
End of the Tether