|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
She looked at him challengingly.
"It must have been more than that. It was you who wanted to sell."
"Indeed, no, Miss Lackland; I assure you that I am far from
desiring to sell."
"Don't let us fence about it," she urged. "Let it be straight talk
between us. You're in trouble. I'm not a fool. Tell me.
Besides, I may be able to help, to--to suggest something."
In the pause that followed, he seemed to debate, not so much
whether he would tell her, as how to begin to tell her.
"I'm American, you see," she persisted, "and our American heritage
is a large parcel of business sense. I don't like it myself, but I
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Human Drift by Jack London:
changed your mind, or did not know you mind, because you have--to
use an unnecessarily harsh word--jilted a man -
LORETTA. [Interrupting, raising her head and looking at him.]
Jilted? Oh Ned, if that were a all!
NED. [Hollow voice.] All!
[NED's hands slowly retreat from hers. He opens his mouth as
though to speak further, then changes his mind and remains
LORETTA. [Protestingly.] But I don't want to marry him!
NED. Then I shouldn't.
LORETTA. But I ought to marry him.