|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
them instead of their coming here."
"Much as you would have loved them to see Savavic."
"Exactly. You're rather intelligent."
"Oh, I'm often like that. It's in the blood. Grandpa got his
B.A.," I explained. "We've loaned his hood to the Wallace
Collection. Go on."
"Well, that all sounds very nice and easy, doesn't it? Then, to
put the lid on, my chauffeur breaks his arm yesterday afternoon."
"And the uncle's due when?"
"Slept at Laipnik last night. I was to have lunched with them
to-day. Oh, the fat's in the fire all right this time. I may
The Brother of Daphne
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
world did rattlesnakes attain to such a monstrous bigness as
among the warm, flower-dotted rocks of Silverado. This is a
contribution rather to the natural history of the Hansons,
than to that of snakes.
One person, however, better served by his instinct, had known
the rattle from the first; and that was Chuchu, the dog. No
rational creature has ever led an existence more poisoned by
terror than that dog's at Silverado. Every whiz of the
rattle made him bound. His eyes rolled; he trembled; he
would be often wet with sweat. One of our great mysteries
was his terror of the mountain. A little away above our