|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
will inform you that when ye are torn all to pieces, then ye shall
be a new creation? he has forged against God a lie, or there is a ginn
in him;'-nay, those who believe not in the hereafter are in the
torment and in the remote error!
Have they not looked at what is before them and what is behind
them of the heaven and the earth? if we pleased we would cleave the
earth open with them, or we would make to fall upon them a portion
of the heaven; verily, in that is a sign to every repentant servant.
And we did give David grace from us, 'O ye mountains! echo (God's
praises) with him, and ye birds!' and we softened for him iron:
'Make thou coats of mail and adapt the rings thereof, and do right;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
not belong to them, and whose only interest in their marriage was the
delay caused to their own wedding by this gloomy bridal. When, at
last, Ginevra found herself in the mayor's court-yard, under the open
sky, a sigh escaped her breast.
"Can a lifetime of devotion and love suffice to prove my gratitude for
your courage and tenderness, my Ginevra?" said Luigi.
At these words, said with tears of joy, the bride forgot her
sufferings; for she had indeed suffered in presenting herself before
the public to obtain a happiness her parents refused to sanction.
"Why should others come between us?" she said with an artlessness of
feeling that delighted Luigi.