|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
the yard or alley that there was nobody left to give notice to the
buriers or sextons that there were any dead bodies there to be buried.
It was said, how true I know not, that some of those bodies were so
much corrupted and so rotten that it was with difficulty they were
carried; and as the carts could not come any nearer than to the Alley
Gate in the High Street, it was so much the more difficult to bring
them along; but I am not certain how many bodies were then left. I
am sure that ordinarily it was not so.
As I have mentioned how the people were brought into a condition
to despair of life and abandon themselves, so this very thing had a
strange effect among us for three or four weeks; that is, it made them
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|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose,
he supplied it quietly and sometimes anonymously. He was, in short,
the least communicative of men. He talked very little, and seemed
all the more mysterious for his taciturn manner. His daily habits
were quite open to observation; but whatever he did was so exactly
the same thing that he had always done before, that the wits
of the curious were fairly puzzled.
Had he travelled? It was likely, for no one seemed to know
the world more familiarly; there was no spot so secluded
that he did not appear to have an intimate acquaintance with it.
He often corrected, with a few clear words, the thousand conjectures
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