|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
"Is there something that you wish?" inquired Miss La Heu, always
"Some of your good things for lunch; a very little, if you will be so
I had gone back to my table while the "very little" was being selected,
and I felt, in spite of how slightly she counted me, that it would be in-
adequate in me to remain completely dumb.
"Mr. Mayrant is still at the Custom House?" I observed.
"For a few days, yes. Happily we shall soon break that connection." And
she smelt my flowers.
"'We,'" I thought to myself, "is rather tremendous."
It grew more tremendous in the silence as Eliza La Heu brought me my
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
even a minister to conduct the funerals. Thomas Lincoln made the
coffins for the dead out of green lumber cut from the forest
trees with a whip-saw, and they were laid to rest in a clearing
in the woods. Months afterward, largely through the efforts of
the sorrowing boy, a preacher who chanced to come that way was
induced to hold a service and preach a sermon over the grave of
Her death was indeed a serious blow to her husband and children.
Abraham's sister, Sarah, was only eleven years old, and the tasks
and cares of the little household were altogether too heavy for
her years and experience. Nevertheless they struggled bravely