|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
life; you, it seems, cannot have both your successful revolution
and my daughter. "
"Your excellency, she loves me. Of that I am assured. It rests
with you to say whether her life will be spoiled or not. You know
what I can offer her in addition to a heart full of devotion. It
is enough. Shall she be sacrificed to her loyalty to you?" the
young man demanded, with all the ardor of his warm-blooded race.
"It is no sacrifice to love and obey my father," came a low
murmur from the former governor's shoulder.
"Since the world began it has been the law of life that the young
should leave their parents for a home of their own," Juan
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde:
his forehead, and taking up a lute, let his fingers stray across
the cords. His heavy eyelids drooped, and a strange languor came
over him. Never before had he felt so keenly, or with such
exquisite joy, the magic and the mystery of beautiful things.
When midnight sounded from the clock-tower he touched a bell, and
his pages entered and disrobed him with much ceremony, pouring
rose-water over his hands, and strewing flowers on his pillow. A
few moments after that they had left the room, he fell asleep.
And as he slept he dreamed a dream, and this was his dream.
He thought that he was standing in a long, low attic, amidst the
whir and clatter of many looms. The meagre daylight peered in