|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
sends you to-night. My Tony's so bad - come and see him. Come
along - do!'
"Davidson submitted. The only one of the men to move was Bamtz,
who made as if to get up but dropped back in his chair again.
Davidson in passing heard him mutter confusedly something that
sounded like 'poor little beggar.'
"The child, lying very flushed in a miserable cot knocked up out of
gin-cases, stared at Davidson with wide, drowsy eyes. It was a bad
bout of fever clearly. But while Davidson was promising to go on
board and fetch some medicines, and generally trying to say
reassuring things, he could not help being struck by the
Within the Tides
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic:
this is true, how you think the Catholic Church will come
out on top. I could understand it of Unitarianism,
or Universalism, or the Episcopal Church, where nobody
seems to have to believe particularly in anything except
the beauty of its burial service, but I should think the very
rigidity of the Catholic creed would make it impossible.
There everything is hard and fast; nothing is elastic;
there is no room for compromise."
"The Church is always compromising," explained the priest,
"only it does it so slowly that no one man lives long
enough to quite catch it at the trick. No; the great
The Damnation of Theron Ware