|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
and whoever was raising that trap-door had two. My knees had a
queer inclination to bend the wrong way.
Johnson's footsteps were distinct enough, but he was evidently far
below. The trap, raised perhaps two inches now, remained stationary.
There was no sound from beneath it: once I thought I heard two or
three gasping respirations: I am not sure they were not my own. I
wanted desperately to stand on one leg at a time and hold the other
up out of focus of a possible revolver.
I did not see the hand appear. There was nothing there, and then
it was there, clutching the frame of the trap. I did the only thing
I could think of; I put my foot on it!
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde:
I of their authenticity?
JACK. I have carefully preserved the Court Guides of the period.
They are open to your inspection, Lady Bracknell.
LADY BRACKNELL. [Grimly.] I have known strange errors in that
JACK. Miss Cardew's family solicitors are Messrs. Markby, Markby,
LADY BRACKNELL. Markby, Markby, and Markby? A firm of the very
highest position in their profession. Indeed I am told that one of
the Mr. Markby's is occasionally to be seen at dinner parties. So
far I am satisfied.