|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
tate to abandon the beaten path to Irkutsk. To journey
then across the steppe he would, no doubt, run the risk
of finding himself without supplies. There would be, in
fact, no longer a well-marked road. Still, there must be
Finally, towards half past three in the afternoon, Michael
Strogoff left the last depressions of the Baraba, and the
dry and hard soil of Siberia rang out once more beneath
his horse's hoofs.
He had left Moscow on the 15th of July. Therefore on
this day, the 5th of August, including more than seventy
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson:
soon to lay before the public in another place. Of Ahupu,
except in snatches of song, little memory appears to linger.
She dwelt at least about Tepari, - "the sea-cliffs," - the
eastern fastness of the isle; walked by paths known only to
herself upon the mountains; was courted by dangerous suitors
who came swimming from adjacent islands, and defended and
rescued (as I gather) by the loyalty of native fish. My
anxiety to learn more of "Ahupu Vehine" became (during my
stay in Taiarapu) a cause of some diversion to that mirthful
people, the inhabitants.
Note 3, "COVERED AN OVEN." The cooking fire is made in a