|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
my head, I do not care two straws for any side consideration.
It amuses me to do it, and let that suffice. On your side,
you may do what you please - let apartments, or keep a
private hotel; on mine, I promise you a full month's warning
before I return, and I never fail religiously to keep my
The young man was about to renew his protest, when he
observed a sudden and significant change in the old lady's
'If I thought you capable of disrespect!' she cried.
'Madam,' said Somerset, with the extreme fervour of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
Mariano Gonzales, with whom I had ridden so many leagues
in Chile. The next morning the Beagle sailed for Iquique.
July 12th. -- We anchored in the port of Iquique, in lat.
20 degs. 12', on the coast of Peru. The town contains about a
thousand inhabitants, and stands on a little plain of sand at
the foot of a great wall of rock, 2000 feet in height, here
forming the coast. The whole is utterly desert. A light
shower of rain falls only once in very many years; and the
ravines consequently are filled with detritus, and the
mountain-sides covered by piles of fine white sand, even to a
height of a thousand feet. During this season of the year a
The Voyage of the Beagle