|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Hero of Our Time by M.Y. Lermontov:
shutters. . . I am bored! . . . I will continue
my diary which has been interrupted by so many
I read the last page over: how ridiculous it
seems! . . . I thought to die; it was not to be.
I have not yet drained the cup of suffering, and
now I feel that I still have long to live.
How clearly and how sharply have all these
bygone events been stamped upon my memory!
Time has not effaced a single line, a single
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
larger river, the Vaisingano. Beyond, in Matautu, his way takes
him in the shade of many trees and by scattered dwellings, and
presently brings him beside a great range of offices, the place and
the monument of a German who fought the German firm during his
life. His house (now he is dead) remains pointed like a discharged
cannon at the citadel of his old enemies. Fitly enough, it is at
present leased and occupied by Englishmen. A little farther, and
the reader gains the eastern flanking angle of the bay, where
stands the pilot-house and signal-post, and whence he can see, on
the line of the main coast of the island, the British and the new