|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
And from all the neighboring tree-tops
Cawed and croaked the black marauders.
"Ugh!" the old men all responded,
From their seats beneath the pine-trees!
In those days said Hiawatha,
"Lo! how all things fade and perish!
From the memory of the old men
Pass away the great traditions,
The achievements of the warriors,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
. . . I don't mean to be left out in the cold."
He had been gazing into her face with such strained intentness that
he could no longer see it distinctly. Everything round him was
rather misty. He forgot the overturned stool, caught his foot
against it, and lurched forward slightly, saying in an ingratiating
"I'm not bad fun, really. You try a few kisses to begin with - "
He said no more, because his head received a terrific concussion,
accompanied by an explosive sound. Freya had swung her round,
strong arm with such force that the impact of her open palm on his
flat cheek turned him half round. Uttering a faint, hoarse yell,
'Twixt Land & Sea