|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
and sponged her face and neck. She dipped her face into the water, opened
her eyes, and shook her head from side to side--it was exhilarating. She
did it three times. "I suppose I could drown myself if I stayed under long
enough," she thought. "I wonder how long it takes to become
unconscious?...Often read of women drowning in a bucket. I wonder if any
air enters by the ears--if the basin would have to be as deep as a bucket?"
She experimented--gripped the washstand with both hands and slowly sank her
head into the water, when again there was a knock on the door. Not the
landlady this time--it must be Casimir. With her face and hair dripping,
with her petticoat bodice unbuttoned, she ran and opened it.
A strange man stood against the lintel--seeing her, he opened his eyes very
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
himself young enthusiasts of the radical type, eager to follow
him as the disinterested leader of a group of Reds, and then
betraying them into the most sordid sort of crime. Cleggett
found--and could imagine the grimace of malevolent satisfaction
with which it had been written--this note:
Heinrich is about ready to leave off talking
his cant of universal brotherhood, and make a
little easy money in the way I have shown him.
It will be interesting to see what happens in
side of Heinrich when he realizes he is not an
idealist, but a criminal. Will he stick to me on