|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
there for destruction.
Call not to-day for one destruction, but call for many destructions!
Say, 'Is that better or the garden of eternity which was promised to
those who fear-which is ever for them a recompense and a retreat? They
shall have therein what they please, to dwell therein for aye: that is
of thy Lord a promise to be demanded.
And the day He shall gather them and what they served beside God,
and He shall say, 'Was it ye who led my servants here astray, or did
they err from the way?'
They shall say, 'Celebrated be Thy praise, it was not befitting
for us to take any patrons but Thee; but Thou didst give them and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
social obligations is sure to make herself unpopular or
The words were uncalculated; but in an instant he saw that they
had strangely bridged the distance between his wife and himself.
He felt her close on him, like a panting foe; and her answer was a
flash that showed the hand on the trigger.
"I seem," she said from the threshold, "to have done both in
giving my reason to you."
The fact that they were dining out that evening made it easy for
him to avoid Alexa till she came downstairs in her opera-cloak.
Mrs. Touchett, who was going to the same dinner, had offered to