|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
And Captain Jack would wag his head and murmur:
Blix and Condy soon noted that upon the occasion of each one of
their visits, K. D. B. found means to entertain them at great
length with long discussions upon certain subjects of curiously
diversified character. Upon their first visit she elected to talk
upon the Alps mountains. The Sunday following it was
bacteriology; on the next Wednesday it was crystals; while for two
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James:
"His general intention. George has cabled from Bombay."
She had the missive open there; it was emphatic though concise.
"Eureka. Immense." That was all - he had saved the cost of the
signature. I shared her emotion, but I was disappointed. "He
doesn't say what it is."
"How could he - in a telegram? He'll write it."
"But how does he know?"
"Know it's the real thing? Oh I'm sure that when you see it you do
know. Vera incessu patuit dea!"
"It's you, Miss Erme, who are a 'dear' for bringing me such news!"
- I went all lengths in my high spirits. "But fancy finding our