|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard:
use them, and perchance she would forget her oaths, and following
some new star of love, for a little while vanish with you out of
my reach. Be in the sepulchre at the hour of sundown on the
second day from this, all three of you, if you would continue to
live upon the earth. Afterwards you shall learn my will and make
your choice between Yva with majesty and her loss with death."
Then suddenly he was gone.
Next morning I told the others what had passed, and we talked
the matter over. The trouble was, of course, that Bickley did not
believe me. He had no faith in my alleged interviews with Oro,
which he set down to delusions of a semi-mesmeric character. This
When the World Shook
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
Beauvouloir, and the granddaughter of your friend La Belle Romaine."
"She is dead," replied the old colossus, with an air both savage and
jeering, which told only too plainly his intention of making away with
A moment of deep silence followed.
The duke saw, through the half-opened door, the three ladies and
d'Artagnon. At that crucial moment Etienne, whose sense of hearing was
acute, heard in the cardinal's library poor Gabrielle's voice,
singing, to let her lover know she was there,--
"Ermine hath not