|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
and one great last burst of supreme swordsmanship,
he rushed Norman of Torn back for a bare step--it
was enough; the outlaw's foot struck the prostrate
corpse; he staggered, and for one brief instant his sword
arm rose, ever so little, as he strove to retain his equili-
brium; but that little was enough, it was what the
gray old snake had expected, and he was ready. Like
lightning his sword shot through the opening, and, for
the first time in his life of continual combat and death,
Norman of Torn felt cold steel tear his flesh. But ere
he fell his sword responded to the last fierce command
The Outlaw of Torn
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
"Good-by! Good-by! Write, now! Be sure! Mebbe you can get
off in a week, for a visit. Good-by! Good----"
They were gone. Their voices came back to the crowd on the depot
platform-- high, clear young voices; almost like the voices of
Well, you wrote letters--fat, bulging letters--and in turn you
received equally plump envelopes with a red emblem in one corner.
You sent boxes of homemade fudge (nut variety) and cookies and
the more durable forms of cake.
Then, unaccountably, Chuck was whisked all the way to California.
He was furious at parting with his mates, and his indignation was