|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
like that of a slug, befouling beauty with a monstrous trail.
Though the dipping gold-trace increased the man's work, he found consolation
in the increasing richness of the pans. Twenty cents, thirty cents, fifty
cents, sixty cents, were the values of the gold found in the pans, and at
nightfall he washed his banner pan, which gave him a dollar's worth of
gold-dust from a shovelful of dirt.
"I'll just bet it's my luck to have some inquisitive cuss come buttin' in here
on my pasture," he mumbled sleepily that night as he pulled the blankets up to
Suddenly he sat upright. "Bill!" he called sharply. "Now, listen to me, Bill;
d'ye hear! It's up to you, to-morrow mornin', to mosey round an' see what you
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:
thing you're thoroughly familiar with; but nothing more
extraordinary has ever happened to me."
She watched him with all her kindness. "That means simply that
you've recognised me--which IS rather beautiful and rare. You see
what I am." As on this, however, he protested, with a good-humoured
headshake, a resignation of any such claim, she had a moment of
explanation. "If you'll only come on further as you HAVE come
you'll at any rate make out. My own fate has been too many for me,
and I've succumbed to it. I'm a general guide--to 'Europe,' don't
you know? I wait for people--l put them through. I pick them up--
I set them down. I'm a sort of superior 'courier-maid.' I'm a