|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
"My father ill-treats in particular Mynheer van Baerle, who
"Who is your lover?"
Rosa started back a step.
"Whom I love, Monseigneur," she answered proudly.
"Since when?" asked the Prince.
"Since the day when I first saw him."
"And when was that?"
"The day after that on which the Grand Pensionary John and
his brother Cornelius met with such an awful death."
The Prince compressed his lips, and knit his brow and his
The Black Tulip
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
old man, who led the way up one street and down another, until at
last they came to a rickety, ramshackle house in a part of the
town the young man had never been before. Here the old man
stopped and knocked at the door, which was instantly opened, as
though of itself, and then he entered with the young spendthrift
at his heels. The two passed through a dark passage-way, and
another door, and then, lo and behold! all was changed; for they
had come suddenly into such a place as the young man would not
have believed could be in such a house, had he not seen it with
his own eyes. Thousands of waxen tapers lit the place as bright
as day--a great oval room, floored with mosaic of a thousand