|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Coxon Fund by Henry James:
"Such good friends that you'll again become prospective husband and
wife if the obstacle in your path be removed?"
"Removed?" he anxiously repeated.
"If I send Miss Anvoy the letter I speak of she may give up her
"Then for God's sake send it!"
"I'll do so if you're ready to assure me that her sacrifice would
now presumably bring about your marriage."
"I'd marry her the next day!" my visitor cried.
"Yes, but would she marry YOU? What I ask of you of course is
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
were outdoors all the afternoon, while we were
cooped up in the house," said Jane.
"Don't you feel well, Annie?" her father asked
again, a golden bit of omelet poised on his fork, as
she was leaving the room.
"Quite well, father dear."
"But you are eating no supper."
"I have always heard that people who cook don't
need so much to eat," said Imogen. "They say
the essence of the food soaks in through the pores."
"I am quite well," Annie repeated, and the door