|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson:
into the fat guitar-case; and Elvira having thrown a thin shawl
about her neck and shoulders, the pair issued from the cafe and set
off for the Black Head.
As they crossed the market-place the church bell rang out eleven.
It was a dark, mild night, and there was no one in the streets.
"It is all very fine," said Leon; "but I have a presentiment. The
night is not yet done."
The "Black Head" presented not a single chink of light upon the
street, and the carriage gate was closed.
"This is unprecedented," observed Leon. "An inn closed by five
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
But it was all to no purpose; the audacious creatures were so
possessed with the first joy and so surprised with the satisfaction of
seeing a vast decrease in the weekly bills, that they were impenetrable
by any new terrors, and would not be persuaded but that the bitterness
of death was past; and it was to no more purpose to talk to them than
to an east wind; but they opened shops, went about streets, did
business, and conversed with anybody that came in their way to
converse with, whether with business or without, neither inquiring of
their health or so much as being apprehensive of any danger from
them, though they knew them not to be sound.
This imprudent, rash conduct cost a great many their lives who had
A Journal of the Plague Year