|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Verses 1889-1896 by Rudyard Kipling:
What dam of lances brought thee forth to jest at the dawn with Death?"
Lightly answered the Colonel's son: "I hold by the blood of my clan:
Take up the mare for my father's gift -- by God, she has carried a man!"
The red mare ran to the Colonel's son, and nuzzled against his breast;
"We be two strong men," said Kamal then, "but she loveth the younger best.
So she shall go with a lifter's dower, my turquoise-studded rein,
My broidered saddle and saddle-cloth, and silver stirrups twain."
The Colonel's son a pistol drew and held it muzzle-end,
"Ye have taken the one from a foe," said he;
"will ye take the mate from a friend?"
"A gift for a gift," said Kamal straight; "a limb for the risk of a limb.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
"I should have preferred a horse and pistols," said Don Guzman
after a moment, half to himself, and in Spanish; "they make surer
work of it than bodkins; but" (with a sigh and one of his smiles)
"beggars must not be choosers."
"The best horse in my stable is at your service, senor," said Sir
Richard Grenville, instantly.
"And in mine also, senor," said Cary; "and I shall be happy to
allow you a week to train him, if he does not answer at first to a
"You forget in your courtesy, gentle sir, that the insult being
with me, the time lies with me also. We wipe it off to-morrow