|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
dimly lighted by his lamp.
A quarter of an hour afterwards James Starr and Harry descended
the last ladder, and set foot on the lowest floor of the pit.
From the bottom of the Yarrow shaft radiated numerous empty galleries.
They ran through the wall of schist and sandstone, some shored up
with great, roughly-hewn beams, others lined with a thick casing of wood.
In every direc-
tion embankments supplied the place of the excavated veins.
Artificial pillars were made of stone from neighboring quarries,
and now they supported the ground, that is to say, the double layer of
tertiary and quaternary soil, which formerly rested on the seam itself.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
wyte an innocent neighbour wi' violence--No answer?--It must be
the Red Reiver--I didna think he wad hae ventured on me, neither,
and sae mony kin as there's o' us--I am thinking he'll hae some
better backing than his Cumberland friends.--Fareweel to you,
Elshie, and mony thanks--I downa be fashed wi' the siller e'en
now, for I maun awa' to meet my friends at the Trysting-place--
Sae, if ye carena to open the window, ye can fetch it in after
Still there was no reply.
"He's deaf, or he's daft, or he's baith; but I hae nae time to
stay to claver wi' him."