|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy:
certain. And the narrowness and one-sidedness of his views did
make everything seem simple and clear. One only had to be
logical, as he said. His self-assurance was so great that it
either repelled people or made them submit to him. As he carried
on his work among very young people, his boundless self-assurance
led them to believe him very profound and wise; the majority did
submit to him, and he had a great success in revolutionary
circles. His activity was directed to the preparation of a rising
in which he was to usurp the power and call together a council. A
programme, composed by him, should he proposed before the
council, and he felt sure that this programme of his solved every
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
come back, but she will die dancing."
Polecrab and his wife looked at one another.
"Where are you going to, Mother?" asked the eldest lad.
Gleameil bent down, and kissed him. "To the Island."
"Well then, if you don't come back by tomorrow morning, I will go and
look for you."
Maskull grew more and more uneasy in his mind. "This seems to me to
be a man's journey," he said. "I think it would be better for you
not to come, Gleameil."
"I am not to be dissuaded." she replied.
He stroked his beard in perplexity. "Is it time to start?"