|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
Jacob Kent experienced a tremendous yearning to try his shotgun on
him, but the fascination of the gash was too potent. This was the
real Man with the Gash, the man who had so often robbed him in the
spirit. This, then, was the embodied entity of the being whose
astral form had been projected into his dreams, the man who had so
frequently harbored designs against his hoard; hence--there could
be no other conclusion--this Man with the Gash had now come in the
flesh to dispossess him. And that gash! He could no more keep
his eyes from it than stop the beating of his heart. Try as he
would, they wandered back to that one point as inevitably as the
needle to the pole.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"I wish to thunder I had married you!" he said savagely. "You're
the finest girl I know, Kit, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, and you are going
to throw yourself away on Jack Manning, or Max, or some other--"
"Nothing of the sort," I said coldly, "and the fact that you
didn't marry me does not give you the privilege of abusing my
friends. Anyhow, I don't like you when you speak like that."
Jim took me to the door and stopped there to sigh.
"I haven't been well," he said heavily. "Don't eat, don't sleep.
Wouldn't you think I'd lose flesh? Kit"--he lowered his voice
solemnly--"I have gained two pounds!"