|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
piling up stones. Their horses stood saddled close by.
Presently the large trooper came riding back. He had been sent by the
Captain to ask what they were fooling behind for, and to tell them to come
The men mounted their horses to follow him; but the Englishman turned in
his saddle and looked back. The morning sun was lighting up the straggling
branches of the tall trees that had overshadowed the camp; and fell on the
little stunted tree, with its white stem and outstretched arms; and on the
stones beneath it.
"It's all that night on the kopje!" said the Colonial, sadly.
But the Englishman looked back. "I hardly know," he said, "whether it is
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Facino Cane by Honore de Balzac:
couples reveal their characters in picturesque language. As I
listened, I could make their lives mine, I felt their rags on my back,
I walked with their gaping shoes on my feet; their cravings, their
needs, had all passed into my soul, or my soul had passed into theirs.
It was the dream of a waking man. I waxed hot with them over the
foreman's tyranny, or the bad customers that made them call again and
again for payment.
To come out of my own ways of life, to be another than myself through
a kind of intoxication of the intellectual faculties, and to play this
game at will, such was my recreation. Whence comes the gift? Is it a
kind of second sight? Is it one of those powers which when abused end