|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
beholder quickly took her for nothing if not contemporaneous.
"She's very handsome - very handsome," he repeated while he
considered her. There was something noble in her head, and she
appeared fresh and strong.
Her good father surveyed her with complacency, remarking soon:
"She looks too hot - that's her walk. But she'll be all right
presently. Then I'll make her come over and speak to you."
"I should be sorry to give you that trouble. If you were to take
me over THERE - !" the young man murmured.
"My dear sir, do you suppose I put myself out that way? I don't
mean for you, but for Marian," the General added.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Or back returning in the eve.
Two muses like two maiden aunts,
The engraving and the singing muse,
Follow, through all my favourite haunts,
My devious traces in the dews.
To guide and cheer me, each attends;
Each speeds my rapid task along;
One to my cuts her ardour lends,
One breathes her magic in my song.
Poem: II - THE PRECARIOUS MILL
Alone above the stream it stands,