|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
contrast with its daytime self. She could see the glowworm light
from the binnacle, and the dim outline of the man at the wheel;
also a form at the bows. Not another soul was apparent from stem
Yes, there were two more--by the bulwarks. One proved to be her
Harry, the other the mate. She was glad indeed, and on drawing
closer found they were holding a low slow chat about nautical
affairs. She ran up and slipped her hand through Knight's arm,
partly for love, partly for stability.
'Elfie! not asleep?' said Knight, after moving a few steps aside
A Pair of Blue Eyes
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
and speak to him a gentle speech, haply he may be mindful or may
They two said, 'Our Lord! verily, we fear that he may trespass
against us, or that he may be outrageous.'
He said, 'Fear not; verily, I am with you twain. I hear and see!
'So come ye to him and say, "Verily, we are the apostles of thy
Lord; send then the children of Israel with us; and do not torment
them. We have brought thee a sign from thy Lord, and peace be upon him
who follows the guidance!
'"Verily, we are inspired that the torment will surely come upon him
who calls us liars and turns his back."'