|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa:
Double-Face. Shameless coward! he delights in torturing helpless
Muttering indistinct words, Manstin ran up the last hill and
lo! in the ravine beyond stood the terrible monster with a face in
front and one in the back of his head!
This brown giant was without clothes save for a wild-cat-skin
about his loins. With a wicked gleaming eye, he watched the little
black-haired baby he held in his strong arm. In a laughing voice
he hummed an Indian mother's lullaby, "A-boo! Aboo!" and at the
same time he switched the naked baby with a thorny wild-rose bush.
Quickly Manstin jumped behind a large sage bush on the brow of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
my dear; or for the mature charms of Mrs. Lombard," he added,
glaring suddenly at his wife, who had taken up her knitting and
was softly murmuring over the number of her stitches.
Neither lady appeared to notice his pleasantries, and he
continued, addressing himself to Wyant: "They all come--they all
come; but many are called and few are chosen." His voice sank to
solemnity. "While I live," he said, "no unworthy eye shall
desecrate that picture. But I will not do my friend Clyde the
injustice to suppose that he would send an unworthy
representative. He tells me he wishes a description of the
picture for his book; and you shall describe it to him--if you