|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
to see me HERE?" she asked.
Benham hung up the receiver abruptly.
He walked slowly back to his study. "Phew!" he whispered to
himself. It was like hitting her in the face. He didn't want to be
a brute, but short of being a brute there was no way out for him
from this entanglement. Why, oh! why the devil had he gone there to
lunch? . . .
He resumed his examination of the waiting letters with a ruffled
mind. The most urgent thing about them was the clear evidence of
gathering anger on the part of his mother. He had missed a lunch
party at Sir Godfrey's on Tuesday and a dinner engagement at Philip
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac:
dignity, and could only think of a man of forty, a land-owner, well
preserved, and a quasi-young man.
The Abbe de Sponde was incapable of giving his niece the slightest aid
in her matrimonial manoeuvres. The worthy soul, now seventy years of
age, attributed the disasters of the French Revolution to the design
of Providence, eager to punish a dissolute Church. He had therefore
flung himself into the path, long since abandoned, which anchorites
once followed in order to reach heaven: he led an ascetic life without
proclaiming it, and without external credit. He hid from the world his
works of charity, his continual prayers, his penances; he thought that
all priests should have acted thus during the days of wrath and