|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Talisman by Walter Scott:
of another is no likely mode of expelling them from Palestine."
"Dost thou call it shame to become an empress?" said the King.
"I call it shame and dishonour to profane a Christian sacrament
by entering into it with an infidel whom it cannot bind; and I
call it foul dishonour that I, the descendant of a Christian
princess, should become of free will the head of a haram of
"Well, kinswoman," said the King, after a pause, "I must not
quarrel with thee, though I think thy dependent condition might
have dictated more compliance."
"My liege," replied Edith, "your Grace hath worthily succeeded to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
"Of course," I said; "the very thing. I've always been so good
"I mean it," said Daphne.
"Of course you do. What about the confidence trick? Can any
lady oblige me with a public-house?"
"She means trick-cycling, stupid," said Berry. "Riding
backwards on one wheel while you count the ball-bearings."
"Look here," I said, "if Berry could have come and smoked a
cigarette, I wouldn't have minded trying to flick the ash off it
with a hunting-whip."
"Pity about that golf," mused Berry. "And you might have thrown
The Brother of Daphne