|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Edingburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson:
As the weather hardens towards frost, the world
begins to improve for Edinburgh people. We enjoy superb,
sub-arctic sunsets, with the profile of the city stamped
in indigo upon a sky of luminous green. The wind may
still be cold, but there is a briskness in the air that
stirs good blood. People do not all look equally sour
and downcast. They fall into two divisions: one, the
knight of the blue face and hollow paunch, whom Winter
has gotten by the vitals; the other well lined with New-
year's fare, conscious of the touch of cold on his
periphery, but stepping through it by the glow of his
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
sank out of sight. Little waves splashed on the shore of the pool; the ripple
disappeared, and the surface of the spring became tranquil.
Wetzel stood one moment over the watery grave of the maiden who had saved him,
and the boy who had loved him. In the gathering gloom his stalwart form
assumed gigantic proportions, and when he raised his long arm and shook his
clenched fist toward the west, he resembled a magnificent statue of dark
With a single bound he cleared the pool, and then sped out of the glade. He
urged the dog on Girty's trail, and followed the eager beast toward the west.
As he disappeared, a long, low sound like the sigh of the night wind swelled
and moaned through the gloom.
The Spirit of the Border