|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
1_Samuel 21: 4 (21:5) And the priest answered David, and said: 'There is no common bread under my hand, but there is holy bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.'
1_Samuel 21: 5 (21:6) And David answered the priest, and said unto him: 'Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days; when I came out, the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was but a common journey; how much more then to-day, when there shall be holy bread in their vessels?'
1_Samuel 21: 6 (21:7) So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.--
1_Samuel 21: 7 (21:8) Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.--
1_Samuel 21: 8 (21:9) And David said unto Ahimelech: 'And is there peradventure here under thy hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.'
1_Samuel 21: 9 (21:10) And the priest said: 'The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here.' And David said: 'There is none like that; give it me.'
1_Samuel 21: 10 (21:11) And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
1_Samuel 21: 11 (21:12) And the servants of Achish said unto him: 'Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying: Saul hath slain his thousands, a
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:
of the vessel at Leith. The writer also went on board, with a
view to call at the Bell Rock and to take his passage up the
Firth of Forth. The wind, however, coming to blow very fresh
from the eastward, with thick and foggy weather, it became
necessary to reef the mainsail and set the second jib. When
in the act of making a tack towards the tender, the sailors
who worked the head-sheets were, all of a sudden, alarmed with
the sound of the smith's hammer and anvil on the beacon, and
had just time to put the ship about to save her from running
ashore on the northwestern point of the rock, marked `James
Craw's Horse.' On looking towards the direction from whence