|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
perhaps I was mistaken when I imagined that it was there.
"Are you asleep?" she asked presently, after I had lain
perfectly quiet for many minutes. Her voice was so low that it
entered my ear as the faintest breath.
"Hardly," I answered. "To tell the truth, I expect never to
sleep again--I suppose you understand me. I can't say why--I feel
"Do you remember, Paul, what I said that evening on the
mountain?" Then--I suppose my face must have betrayed my
thought--she added quickly: "Oh, I didn't mean that--other thing.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
drag him down to ruin? To-day I see the answer. Montezuma did not
these things of himself, but because the hand of destiny worked
with his hand, and the voice of destiny spoke in his voice. The
gods of the Aztecs were false gods indeed, but I for one believe
that they had life and intelligence, for those hideous shapes of
stone were the habitations of devils, and the priests spoke truth
when they said that the sacrifice of men was pleasing to their
To these devils the king went for counsel through the priests, and
now this doom was on them, that they must give false counsel to
their own destruction, and to the destruction of those who