|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
now he was exerting all his diplomacy to maintain a pleasant
relationship with both. Since it was entirely possible that the
big Irishman O'Halloran might be the man on horseback within a
very few days, the colonel was all suave words and honeyed smiles
to his friend the ranger.
Indeed he did him the unusual honor of a personally conducted
inspection. Gabilonda was a fat little man, with a soft, purring
voice and a pompous manner. He gushed with the courteous
volubility of his nation, explaining with great gusto this and
that detail of the work. Bucky gave him outwardly a deferent ear,
but his alert mind and eyes were scanning the prisoners they saw.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
stern expression on his face with just a tinge of sadness on her own.
"You are not happy," she said once.
"I should be over there with my men," he replied. "I do not know
what may have happened to them."
"I want you to be happy," she said quite simply; "but I should
be very lonely if you went away and left me here."
He put his hand on her shoulder. "I would not do that, little
girl," he said gently. "If you cannot go with me, I shall not go.
If either of us must go alone, it will be you."
Her face lighted to a wondrous smile. "Then we shall not be
separated," she said, "for I shall never leave you as long as we
Out of Time's Abyss