|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
And had it died a certain small page of the history of this war would
never have been written.
Aunt Harriet came in hesitatingly. She wore a black wrapper, and her
face, with her hair drawn back for the night, looked tight and old.
Harvey gone? " she asked.
"I thought I'd better come in. There's something - I can tell you in
the morning if you're tired."
"I'm not tired," said Sara Lee.
Aunt Harriet sat down miserably on a chair.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Genesis 27: 12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a mocker; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.'
Genesis 27: 13 And his mother said unto him: 'Upon me be thy curse, my son; only hearken to my voice, and go fetch me them.'
Genesis 27: 14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savoury food, such as his father loved.
Genesis 27: 15 And Rebekah took the choicest garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son.
Genesis 27: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck.
Genesis 27: 17 And she gave the savoury food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
Genesis 27: 18 And he came unto his father, and said: 'My father'; and he said: 'Here am I; who art thou, my son?'
Genesis 27: 19 And Jacob said unto his father: 'I am Esau thy first-born; I have done according as thou badest me. Arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.'
Genesis 27: 20 And Isaac said unto his son: 'How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?' And he said: 'Because the LORD thy God sent me good speed.'
Genesis 27: 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob: 'Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.'
Genesis 27: 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said: 'The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.'