|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen:
pleasant to him as poverty had always been. Argentine, after
some little consideration, came to the conclusion that dining,
regarded as a fine art, was perhaps the most amusing pursuit
open to fallen humanity, and thus his dinners became famous in
London, and an invitation to his table a thing covetously
desired. After ten years of lordship and dinners Argentine
still declined to be jaded, still persisted in enjoying life,
and by a kind of infection had become recognized as the cause of
joy in others, in short, as the best of company. His sudden and
tragical death therefore caused a wide and deep sensation.
People could scarcely believe it, even though the newspaper was
The Great God Pan
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
"She doesn't stand up because her legs are too short. She's a
very bad figure.',
"Papa, it's not possible!" cried Kitty.
"That's what wicked tongues say, my darling. And your Varenka
catches it too," he added. "Oh, these invalid ladies!"
"Oh, no, papal" Kitty objected warmly. "Varenka worships her. And
then she does so much goodl Ask any onel Every one knows her and
"Perhaps so," said the prince, squeezing her hand with his elbow;
"but it's better when one does good so that you may ask every one
and no one knows."