|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:
they be used! The brutal mob, the savage passions . . . .
Somerset, for God's sake, a public-house!'
Somerset considered him with freshly awakened curiosity.
'This is very interesting,' said he. 'You recoil from such a
'Who would not?' asked the plotter.
'And to be blown up by dynamite,' inquired the young man,
'doubtless strikes you as a form of euthanasia?'
'Pardon me,' returned Zero: 'I own, and since I have braved
it daily in my professional career, I own it even with pride:
it is a death unusually distasteful to the mind of man.'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 2 by Alexis de Toqueville:
United States. It is not then to the written, but to the spoken
language that attention must be paid, if we would detect the
modifications which the idiom of an aristocratic people may
undergo when it becomes the language of a democracy.
Englishmen of education, and more competent judges than I
can be myself of the nicer shades of expression, have frequently
assured me that the language of the educated classes in the
United States is notably different from that of the educated
classes in Great Britain. They complain not only that the
Americans have brought into use a number of new words - the
difference and the distance between the two countries might