|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
less time than I could smoke a pipe of tobacco."
"Saxon," said the dying man, "speak to me no more of thy priest--
I die contented. Hadst thou ever an enemy against whom weapons
were of no avail--whom the ball missed, and against whom the
arrow shivered, and whose bare skin was as impenetrable to sword
and dirk as thy steel garment--Heardst thou ever of such a foe?"
"Very frequently, when I served in Germany," replied Sir Dugald.
"There was such a fellow at Ingolstadt; he was proof both against
lead and steel. The soldiers killed him with the buts of their
"This impassible foe," said Ranald, without regarding the Major's
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Frances Waldeaux by Rebecca Davis:
"Wrap the rug about my feet, George," she said
hastily, and then sent him away upon an errand, looking
after him uneasily.
It was very pleasant to hear her boy thus formally sum up
his opinion of her. But when he found that it was based
upon a lie?
For Frances, candid enough to the world, had deceived her
son ever since he was born.
George had always believed that she had inherited a
fortune from his father. It gave solidity and comfort to
his life to think of her in the stately old mansion on