|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Emma by Jane Austen:
as ours are fried, without the smallest grease, and not roast it,
for no stomach can bear roast pork--I think we had better send the leg--
do not you think so, my dear?"
"My dear papa, I sent the whole hind-quarter. I knew you would wish it.
There will be the leg to be salted, you know, which is so very nice,
and the loin to be dressed directly in any manner they like."
"That's right, my dear, very right. I had not thought of it before,
but that is the best way. They must not over-salt the leg; and then,
if it is not over-salted, and if it is very thoroughly boiled,
just as Serle boils ours, and eaten very moderately of, with a
boiled turnip, and a little carrot or parsnip, I do not consider
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
"This painting is not art; it is a tawdry fake. This painting
is a lie."
At first the public was saddened to lose sight of such a popular
painting, and a few mild protests were raised, but eventually
concern for the painting was pushed aside by other more pressing
concerns, and it was forgotten (as are all things no longer directly
in front of us in this busy world) and life continued.
Only the museum curator and an occasional junior staff member ever
saw the painting now, hanging in the dim light of the basement well
away from public view. All that was heard of it was the curator's
occasional disparaging comment. "Every day I see new defects and