|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
of Isabella throbbing higher as these obstacles to their meeting
were successively removed. The door opened, and the Solitary
stood before her, his uncouth form and features illuminated by
the iron lamp which he held in his hand.
"Enter, daughter of affliction," he said,--"enter the house of
She entered, and observed, with a precaution which increased her
trepidation, that the Recluse's first act, after setting the lamp
upon the table, was to replace the numerous bolts which secured
the door of his hut. She shrunk as she heard the noise which
accompanied this ominous operation, yet remembered Ratcliffe's
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
When he was predominant.
When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
Why think you so?
You go so much backward when you fight.
That's for advantage.