|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Pierre Grassou by Honore de Balzac:
she look like?
During this sitting there were little skirmishes between the family
and the painter, who had the audacity to call pere Vervelle witty.
This flattery brought the family on the double-quick to the heart of
the artist; he gave a drawing to the daughter, and a sketch to the
"What! for nothing?" they said.
Pierre Grassou could not help smiling.
"You shouldn't give away your pictures in that way; they are money,"
said old Vervelle.
At the third sitting pere Vervelle mentioned a fine gallery of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
God and the Apostle, if ye believe in God and the last day; that is
better and fairer as a settlement.
Do ye not see those who pretend that they believe in what has been
revealed to them, and what was revealed before thee; they wish to
refer their judgment to Taghut, but they are bidden to disbelieve
therein, and Satan wishes to lead them into a remote error. And when
it is said to them, 'Come round to what God has sent down and unto the
Apostle,' thou seest the hypocrites turning from thee, turning away.
How then when there befalls them a mischance through what their
hands have sent on before? then will they come to you, and swear by
God, 'We meant naught but good and concord.' These, God knows what