|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) by Dante Alighieri:
And when the tooth of Lombardy had bitten
The Holy Church, then underneath its wings
Did Charlemagne victorious succor her.
Now hast thou power to judge of such as those
Whom I accused above, and of their crimes,
Which are the cause of all your miseries.
To the public standard one the yellow lilies
Opposes, the other claims it for a party,
So that 'tis hard to see which sins the most.
Let, let the Ghibellines ply their handicraft
Beneath some other standard; for this ever
The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
vainly trying to keep his seat, slipped to the ground. He raised himself once,
then fell backward and lay still. Full two hundred yards was not proof against
Wetzel's deadly smallbore, and Red Fox, the foremost war chieftain of the
Shawnees, lay dead, a victim to the hunter's vengeance. It was characteristic
of Wetzel that he picked the chief, for he could have shot either the British
Oliver or the renegade. They retreated out of range, leaving the body of the
chief where it had fallen, while the horse, giving a frightened snort,
galloped toward the woods. Wetzel's yell coming quickly after his shot,
excited the Indians to a very frenzy, and they started on a run for the Fort,
discharging their rifles and screeching like so many demons.
In the cloud of smoke which at once enveloped the scene the Indians spread out