|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
that at this distance for one moment it put me in mind of the
wrappings which are placed about the dead. I started at the
thought and looked at her face. She was watching me with sad and
earnest eyes that seemed to be filled with the spirit of farewell.
I never saw her again till she was dead.
THE COMING OF THE SPANIARD
And now I must go back and speak of my own matters. As I have
told, it was my father's wish that I should be a physician, and
since I came back from my schooling at Norwich, that was when I had
entered on my sixteenth year, I had studied medicine under the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Disputation of the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences by Dr. Martin Luther:
is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred
bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
56. The "treasures of the Church," out of which the pope.
grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among
the people of Christ.
57. That they are not temporal treasures is certainly evident,
for many of the vendors do not pour out such treasures so
easily, but only gather them.
58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and the Saints, for even
without the pope, these always work grace for the inner man,
and the cross, death, and hell for the outward man.