|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Confidence by Henry James:
She did not ask him to come in; but, on the other hand,
keeping the gate closed, she made no movement to leave him.
The Casino was now quite out of sight, and the whole place was
perfectly still. Suddenly, turning her eyes upon Bernard with a
certain strange inconsequence--
"I have not seen you here before," she observed.
He gave a little laugh.
"I suppose it 's because I only arrived this morning.
I think that if I had been here you would have noticed me."
"You arrived this morning?"
"Three or four hours ago. So, if the remark were not in questionable taste,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
this his movements cannot be traced. On the discovery of the
body medical aid was at once summoned, but life had evidently
been long extinct. So far as is known, Mr. Crashaw had no
trouble or anxiety of any kind. This painful suicide, it will
be remembered, is the fifth of the kind in the last month. The
authorities at Scotland Yard are unable to suggest any
explanation of these terrible occurrences."
Austin put down the paper in mute horror.
"I shall leave London to-morrow," he said, "it is a
city of nightmares. How awful this is, Villiers!"
Mr. Villiers was sitting by the window quietly looking
The Great God Pan