|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:
the billows, as merry as so many flying-fish.
And at last they saw an ugly sight - the black side of a great
ship, waterlogged in the trough of the sea. Her funnel and her
masts were overboard, and swayed and surged under her lee; her
decks were swept as clean as a barn floor, and there was no living
soul on board.
The petrels flew up to her, and wailed round her; for they were
very sorry indeed, and also they expected to find some salt pork;
and Tom scrambled on board of her and looked round, frightened and
And there, in a little cot, lashed tight under the bulwark, lay a
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Confessio Amantis by John Gower:
An Oxe which comth to the berne,
Therof to taken eny fode.
And thus, who that it understode,
It stant of love in many place:
Who that is out of loves grace 90
And mai himselven noght availe,
He wolde an other scholde faile;
And if he may put eny lette,
He doth al that he mai to lette.
Wherof I finde, as thou schalt wite,
To this pourpos a tale write.