|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson:
something of a wild eye and changed complexion, confounded, as he
was, at this unusual summons. The Princess faced round from the
window with a pearly smile; nothing but her heightened colour spoke
Otto was pale, but he was otherwise master of himself.
'Herr von Gondremark,' said he, 'oblige me so far: reconduct the
Princess to her own apartment.'
The Baron, still all at sea, offered his hand, which was smilingly
accepted, and the pair sailed forth through the picture-gallery.
As soon as they were gone, and Otto knew the length and breadth of
his miscarriage, and how he had done the contrary of all that he
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
non longiore oratione cohortatus quam uti suae pristinae virtutis memoriam
retinerent neu perturbarentur animo hostiumque impetum fortiter
sustinerent, quod non longius hostes aberant quam quo telum adigi posset,
proelii committendi signum dedit. Atque in alteram item cohortandi causa
profectus pugnantibus occurrit. Temporis tanta fuit exiguitas hostiumque
tam paratus ad dimicandum animus ut non modo ad insignia accommodanda sed
etiam ad galeas induendas scutisque tegimenta detrahenda tempus defuerit.
Quam quisque ab opere in partem casu devenit quaeque prima signa
conspexit, ad haec constitit, ne in quaerendis suis pugnandi tempus
Instructo exercitu magis ut loci natura [delectusque collis] et