|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Little Britain by Washington Irving:
acquaintances; but the Trotters were not to be distanced.
When the Lambs appeared with two feathers in their hats, the
Miss Trotters mounted four, and of twice as fine colors. If the
Lambs gave a dance, the Trotters were sure not to be
behindhand: and though they might not boast of as good
company, yet they had double the number, and were twice as
The whole community has at length divided itself into
fashionable factions, under the banners of these two families.
The old games of Pope-Joan and Tom-come-tickle-me are
entirely discarded; there is no such thing as getting up an
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
with his report, old Grammont had been very particular about
that. At first the fellow had not been very clear, rather
muddled indeed as to how things were--no doubt he had wanted
to make out there was something just to seem to earn his
money. Old Grammont had struck the table sharply and the eyes
that looked out of his mask had blazed. "What have you found
out against her?" he had asked in a low even voice.
"Absolutely nothing, Sir," said the agent, suddenly white to
the lips. . . .
Old Grammont stared at his memory of that moment for a while.
That affair was all right, quite all right. Of course it was