|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Egmont by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
Egmont. He should be better known.
Orange. Our knowledge counsels us not to await the result of a dangerous
Egmont. No experiment is dangerous, the result of which we have the
courage to meet.
Orange. You are irritated, Egmont.
Egmont. I must see with my own eyes.
Orange. Oh that for once you saw with mine! My friend, because your
eyes are open, you imagine that you see. I go! Await Alva's arrival, and
God be with you! My refusal to do so may perhaps save you. The dragon
may deem the prey not worth seizing, if he cannot swallow us both.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
others were not wanting in address; and the duchess herself
was among those who most excelled. On one occasion eleven
competitors made a ballade on the idea,
"I die of thirst beside the fountain's edge"
(Je meurs de soif empres de la fontaine).
These eleven ballades still exist; and one of them arrests
the attention rather from the name of the author than from
any special merit in itself. It purports to be the work of
Francois Villon; and so far as a foreigner can judge (which
is indeed a small way), it may very well be his. Nay, and if
any one thing is more probable than another, in the great