|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous by Oscar Wilde:
MYRRHINA. Honorius, farewell. No, no, do not go.
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I have cursed my beauty for what it has done, and cursed the wonder
of my body for the evil that it has brought upon you.
Lord, this man brought me to Thy feet. He told me of Thy coming
upon earth, and of the wonder of Thy birth, and the great wonder of
Thy death also. By him, O Lord, Thou wast revealed to me.
HONORIUS. You talk as a child, Myrrhina, and without knowledge.
Loosen your hands. Why didst thou come to this valley in thy
MYRRHINA. The God whom thou worshippest led me here that I might
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
the powers of air. Everything, but a yard or two beyond the
line of its passage, humble flower, lofty tree, and the poor
vulnerable maid who now knelt to pay her gratitude to heaven,
awoke unharmed in the crystal purity and peace of the new
To move by the path of the tornado was a thing impossible to
man, so wildly were the wrecks of the tall forest piled
together by that fugitive convulsion. I crossed it indeed;
with such labour and patience, with so many dangerous slips
and falls, as left me, at the further side, bankrupt alike of
strength and courage. There I sat down awhile to recruit my