|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
'It is nothing,' she said in a voice which thrilled me. 'My
heart is warm, Monsieur--thanks to you. It is many hours since
it has been as warm.'
She stepped out of the shadow as she spoke--and there, the thing
was done. As I had planned, so it had come about. Once more I
was crossing the meadow in the dark to be received at Cocheforet,
a welcome guest. The frogs croaked in the pool and a bat swooped
round us in circles; and surely never--never, I thought, with a
kind of exultation in my breast--had man been placed in a
Somewhere in the black wood behind us--probably in the outskirts
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Witch, et. al by Anton Chekhov:
leaves. Damka found a hedgehog under a bush, and wanting to
attract her master's attention to it, barked and howled.
"Did you have an eclipse or not?" the shepherd called from the
"Yes, we had," answered Meliton.
"Ah! Folks are complaining all about that there was one. It shows
there is disorder even in the heavens! It's not for nothing. . .
. Hey-hey-hey! Hey!"
Driving his herd together to the edge of the wood, the shepherd
leaned against the birch-tree, looked up at the sky, without
haste took his pipe from his bosom and began playing. As before,