|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago.
From windows in my father's house,
Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
Above another city's lights.
Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
The world's heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
The faithful beauty of the stars.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
go to ruin like a house of cards. There, now, I've made confession,
and I feel better; I am a humbug, and I've been one all my life,
without knowing it. Let no man call me honest again--I will not
"I-- Well, Mary, I feel a good deal as you do: I certainly do. It
seems strange, too, so strange. I never could have believed it--
A long silence followed; both were sunk in thought. At last the
wife looked up and said:
"I know what you are thinking, Edward."
Richards had the embarrassed look of a person who is caught.
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg