|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
knew to be improbable, and so, as she neared the spot from
which the sounds of the struggle had come, she moved more
warily and at last slowly and with extreme caution she
traversed the lowest branches, peering eagerly into the moon-
splashed blackness for a sign of the combatants.
Presently she came upon them, lying in a little open space
full under the brilliant light of the moon--little Tarzan's torn
and bloody form, and beside it a great bull gorilla, stone dead.
With a low cry Kala rushed to Tarzan's side, and gathering the
poor, blood-covered body to her breast, listened for a sign of
life. Faintly she heard it--the weak beating of the little heart.
Tarzan of the Apes
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
started down the ladder. In one arm he carried the limp body of a young man.
When he reached the floor he laid the body down and beckoned to Mrs. Zane.
Those watching saw that the young man was Will Martin, and that he was still
alive. But it was evident that he had not long to live. His face had a leaden
hue and his eyes were bright and glassy. Alice, his wife, flung herself on her
knees beside him and tenderly raised the drooping head. No words could express
the agony in her face as she raised it to Mrs. Zane. In it was a mute appeal,
an unutterable prayer for hope. Mrs. Zane turned sorrowfully to her task.
There was no need of her skill here. Alfred Clarke, who had been ordered to
take Martin's place on top of the block-house, paused a moment in silent
sympathy. When he saw that little hole in the bared chest, from which the