|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Richard III by William Shakespeare:
DERBY. I Will not rise unless your Highness hear me.
KING EDWARD. Then say at once what is it thou requests.
DERBY. The forfeit, sovereign, of my servant's life;
Who slew to-day a riotous gentleman
Lately attendant on the Duke of Norfolk.
KING EDWARD. Have I a tongue to doom my brother's death,
And shall that tongue give pardon to a slave?
My brother killed no man-his fault was thought,
And yet his punishment was bitter death.
Who sued to me for him? Who, in my wrath,
Kneel'd at my feet, and bid me be advis'd?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
in Joe's eyes when, with a last affectionate caress, he turned away from his
"Come, Jim, I'll take you to Mr. Wells."
They stated across the little square, while Mose went back under the wagon;
but at a word from Joe he bounded after them, trotting contentedly at their
heels. Half way to the cabins a big, raw-boned teamster, singing in a drunken
voice, came staggering toward them. Evidently he had just left the group of
people who had gathered near the Indians.
"I didn't expect to see drunkenness out here," said Jim, in a low tone.
"There's lots of it. I saw that fellow yesterday when he, couldn't walk.
Wentz told me he was a bad customer."
The Spirit of the Border