|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard:
stands on either side of them. Two great golden rays run up
the wall behind them, but where the third or middle one should
be is an opening in the wall, wide on the outside, but narrow
within, like a loophole turned inwards. Through the eastern
loophole stream the first beams of the rising sun, and strike
right across the circle, touching the folded petals of the great
gold flower as they pass till they impinge upon the western altar.
In the same way at night the last rays of the sinking sun rest
for a while on the eastern altar before they die away into darkness.
It is the promise of the dawn to the evening and the evening
to the dawn.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
considering the steps by which they were led at last into an
attitude of mutual defiance, it must be remembered that both the
men were sick, - Knappe from time to time prostrated with that
formidable complaint, New Guinea fever, and de Coetlogon throughout
his whole stay in the islands continually ailing.
Tamasese was still to be recognised, and, if possible, supported:
such was the German policy. Two days after his arrival,
accordingly, Knappe addressed to Mataafa a threatening despatch.
The German plantation was suffering from the proximity of his "war-
party." He must withdraw from Laulii at once, and, whithersoever
he went, he must approach no German property nor so much as any