|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather:
"You are giving me a chance?"
"Yes. Take it and go. This isn't fair,
you know. Good-night."
Alexander unclenched the two hands at
his sides. With one he threw down the
window and with the other--still standing
behind her--he drew her back against him.
She uttered a little cry, threw her arms
over her head, and drew his face down to hers.
"Are you going to let me love you a little, Bartley?"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:
which raised his red mantle. Some kissed his hands; others bending
their spines approached him to ask for orders, for he was now
veritable and sole chief of the Barbarians; Spendius, Autaritus, and
Narr' Havas had become disheartened, and he had displayed so much
audacity and obstinacy that all obeyed him.
Salammbo followed him through the entire camp. His tent was at the
end, three hundred feet from Hamilcar's entrenchments.
She noticed a wide pit on the right, and it seemed to her that faces
were resting against the edge of it on a level with the ground, as
decapitated heads might have done. However, their eyes moved, and from
these half-opened mouths groanings escaped in the Punic tongue.