|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"Nothing. The car is gone, but Warner"--he is the chauffeur--
"Warner is at the lodge and knows nothing about it."
"Well," I said, "if I ever get my hands on Halsey Innes, I shall
not let go until I have told him a few things. When we get this
cleared up, I am going back to the city to be quiet. One more
night like the last two will end me. The peace of the country--
Whereupon I told Gertrude of the noises the night before, and the
figure on the veranda in the east wing. As an afterthought I
brought out the pearl cuff-link.
"I have no doubt now," I said, "that it was Arnold Armstrong the
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
'zactly polite; but she MEANS well, I'm sure."
16. Purple, Green, and Gold
The yellow hen, stepping high and with an air of vast importance,
walked slowly over the rich velvet carpets of the splendid palace,
examining everything she met with her sharp little eyes.
Billina had a right to feel important; for she alone shared the Nome
King's secret and knew how to tell the objects that were
transformations from those that had never been alive. She was very
sure that her guesses would be correct, but before she began to make
them she was curious to behold all the magnificence of this
underground palace, which was perhaps one of the most splendid and
Ozma of Oz