|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by George Bernard Shaw:
When pressed to give his mind to the business immediately in
hand, and to extricate Wotan from his dilemma, he has nothing to
say except that the giants are evidently altogether in the right.
The castle has been duly built: he has tried every stone of it,
and found the work first-rate: there is nothing to be done but
pay the price agreed upon by handing over Freia to the giants.
The gods are furious; and Wotan passionately declares that he
only consented to the bargain on Loki's promise to find a way for
him out of it. But Loki says no: he has promised to find a way
out if any such way exist, but not to make a way if there is no
way. He has wandered over the whole earth in search of some
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
"I know," said the fellow, looking down, "that you have power on
earth, however you came by it; you can do what nae other man can
do, baith by physic and foresight; and the gold is shelled down
when ye command, as fast as I have seen the ash-keys fall in a
frosty morning in October. I will not disobey you."
"Begone, then, and relieve me of thy hateful presence."
The robber set spurs to his horse, and rode off without reply.
Hobbie Elliot had, in the meanwhile, pursued his journey rapidly,
harassed by those oppressive and indistinct fears that all was
not right, which men usually term a presentiment of misfortune.
Ere he reached the top of the bank from which he could look down