|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
the end of that time, the knave of a jailor who attended me, and
who had never grown tired of telling me, after the fashion of his
kind, that I should be hanged, came to me with a less assured
'Perhaps you would like a little water?' he said civilly.
'Why, rascal?' I asked.
'To wash with,' he answered.
'I asked for some yesterday, and you would not bring it,' I
grumbled. 'However, better late than never. Bring it now. If I
must hang, I will hang like a gentleman. But depend upon it, the
Cardinal will not serve an old friend so scurvy a trick.'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Proverbs 31: 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31: 24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Proverbs 31: 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she laugheth at the time to come.
Proverbs 31: 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31: 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31: 28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her:
Proverbs 31: 29 'Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou excellest them all.'
Proverbs 31: 30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31: 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her works praise her in the gates.
Ruth 1: 1 AND IT came to pass in the days when the judges judged, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth-lehem in Judah went to sojourn in the field of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.