|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
[Aside to Clarence.] Yea; is it so?
I see the lady hath a thing to grant
Before the king will grant her humble suit.
[Aside to Gloster.] He knows the game;
how true he keeps the wind!
[Aside to Clarence.] Silence!
Widow, we will consider of your suit,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
blind instantly by the night that seemed to have been lying in
wait for him; he stumbled over something soft, kicked something
hard, flung himself on the rail. "Come back," he cried. "Come
back. Captain! Mrs. Travers!--or let me come, too."
He listened. The breeze blew cool against his cheek. A black
bandage seemed to lie over his eyes. "Gone," he groaned, utterly
crushed. And suddenly he heard Mrs. Travers' voice remote in the
depths of the night.--"Defend the brig," it said, and these
words, pronouncing themselves in the immensity of a lightless
universe, thrilled every fibre of his body by the commanding
sadness of their tone. "Defend, defend the brig." . . . "I am