|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
the injured lobe, and by dint of looking out of the far corners
of my eyes, I just managed to command a prospect of one grey eye
and half the red mouth. Her lips were parted and she was smiling
"If I didn't love your mouth when you smile, I should be inclined
to suggest that it was nothing to laugh about," I said
The grey eye met mine. Then she laid a small cool hand firmly on
my chin and pushed it round and away.
"Otherwise I can't see properly," she explained. Then, "I
believe I can dig it out," she said quietly.
The Brother of Daphne
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
true king Robin?"
Matilda smiled assent.
"Not Matilda," said the friar: "the rules of our holy alliance
require new birth. We have excepted in favour of Little John,
because he is great John, and his name is a misnomer.
I sprinkle, not thy forehead with water, but thy lips with wine,
and baptize thee MARIAN."
"Here is a pretty conspiracy," exclaimed the baron.
"Why, you villanous friar, think you to nickname and marry
my daughter before my face with impunity?"
"Even so, bold baron," said the friar; "we are strongest here.