|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
companion. A knife in her hand cut the cords which bound
Michael's arms. The blind man knew not who had freed
him, for Nadia had not spoken a word.
But this done: "Brother!" said she.
"Nadia!" murmured Michael, "Nadia!"
"Come, brother," replied Nadia, "use my eyes whilst
yours sleep. I will lead you to Irkutsk."
A FRIEND ON THE HIGHWAY
HALF an hour afterwards, Michael and Nadia had left
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
They rode side by side, saving the animals for the rush at the finish, yet
putting them at a pace that drew upon vitality and staying power. Curving
around a clump of white oaks, the road straightened out before them for
several hundred yards, at the end of which they could see the ruined mill.
"Now for it!" the girl cried.
She urged the horse by suddenly leaning forward with her body, at the same
time, for an instant, letting the rein slack and touching the neck with her
bridle hand. She began to draw away from the man.
"Touch her on the neck!" she cried to him.
With this, the mare pulled alongside and began gradually to pass the girl.