|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
The word shall suffer when I let them go!
MACE, n. A staff of office signifying authority. Its form, that of a
heavy club, indicates its original purpose and use in dissuading from
MACHINATION, n. The method employed by one's opponents in baffling
one's open and honorable efforts to do the right thing.
So plain the advantages of machination
It constitutes a moral obligation,
And honest wolves who think upon't with loathing
The Devil's Dictionary
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
into it,' she retorted. 'I don't know whether you think it's
adequately filled with gold lace and truffles.'
'Why should I defend it?' I asked, not knowing indeed why. 'But it
has perhaps a dignity, you know. Ah, you are too fresh from your
baptism,' I continued, as she shook her head and went to the piano.
The quality, whatever it was, that the last fortnight had generated
in her, leaped from her fingers; she played with triumph, elation,
intention. The notes seemed an outlet for the sense of beauty and
for power to make it. I had never heard her play like that before.
It occurred to me to ask when she had done, how far, after a
fortnight, she could throw light on Armour's aims and history, where