|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Desert Gold by Zane Grey:
He was losing the battle, losing his hold on tangible things,
losing his power to stand up under this ponderous, merciless weight
of desert space and silence.
He acknowledged it in a kind of despair, and the shadows of the
night seemed whirling fiends. Lost! Lost! Lost! What are you
waiting for? Rain!. . . Lost! Lost! Lost in the desert! So the
shadows seemed to scream in voiceless mockery.
At the moment he was alone on the promontory. The night was far
spent. A ghastly moon haunted the black volcanic spurs. The winds
blew silently. Was he alone? No. he did not seem to be alone.
The Yaqui was there. Suddenly a strange, cold sensation crept over
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde:
still ask it of you, though you have discovered what I had intended
you should never have known that I have given Mrs. Erlynne a large
sum of money. I want you to send her an invitation for our party
to-night. [Standing L. of her.]
LADY WINDERMERE. You are mad! [Rises.]
LORD WINDERMERE. I entreat you. People may chatter about her, do
chatter about her, of course, but they don't know anything definite
against her. She has been to several houses - not to houses where
you would go, I admit, but still to houses where women who are in
what is called Society nowadays do go. That does not content her.
She wants you to receive her once.