|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
mysteries of religion. Hardened by the severities necessary against
heretics, the old priest never ceased to jangle the chains of hell; he
told her of nothing but the vengeance of Heaven, and made her tremble
with the assurance that God's eye was on her. Rendered timid, she
dared not raise her eyes in the priest's presence, and ceased to have
any feeling but respect for her mother, whom up to that time she had
made a sharer in all her frolics. When she saw that beloved mother
turning her blue eyes towards her with an appearance of anger, a
religious terror took possession of the girl's heart.
Then suddenly the vision took her to the second period of her
childhood, when as yet she understood nothing of the things of life.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Meriem puckered her brows. What tantalizing half-memories
it awakened! Could this flower of evident civilization be the
little Arab Meriem, daughter of The Sheik? It was impossible,
and yet that locket? Meriem knew it. She could not refute the
conviction of her memory. She had seen that locket before and it
had been hers. What strange mystery lay buried in her past?
As she sat gazing at the picture she suddenly became aware that
she was not alone--that someone was standing close behind her--
some one who had approached her noiselessly. Guiltily she thrust
the picture back into her waist. A hand fell upon her shoulder.
She was sure that it was The Sheik and she awaited in dumb terror
The Son of Tarzan