|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
offering the reward. Until now I never was within half a day's
ride of this town. I'm blamed for what I never did. I rode in
here, told who I was, asked somebody to send for Jeff Aiken."
"An' then you set down an' let this old guy throw your own gun
on you?" queried the cowboy in amazement.
"I guess that's it," replied Duane.
"Well, it's powerful strange, if you're really Buck Duane."
A man elbowed his way into the circle.
"It's Duane. I recognize him. I seen him in more'n one place,"
he said. "Sibert, you can rely on what I tell you. I don't know
if he's locoed or what. But I do know he's the genuine Buck
The Lone Star Ranger
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells:
daughters--blundered in, all greatly excited. "It's all right, Ma,
you let me," said one of the daughters, hitting her mother's bonnet
with a handbag she struggled to put in the rack. Miss Winchelsea
detested people who banged about and called their mother "Ma."
A young man travelling alone followed. He was not at all "touristy"
in his costume, Miss Winchelsea observed; his Gladstone bag was
of good pleasant leather with labels reminiscent of Luxembourg and
Ostend, and his boots, though brown, were not vulgar. He carried
an overcoat on his arm. Before these people had properly settled
in their places, came an inspection of tickets and a slamming
of doors, and behold! they were gliding out of Charing Cross