|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Ecclesiastes 5: 3 (5:2) For a dream cometh through a multitude of business; and a fool's voice through a multitude of words.
Ecclesiastes 5: 4 (5:3) When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou vowest.
Ecclesiastes 5: 5 (5:4) Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
Ecclesiastes 5: 6 (5:5) Suffer not thy mouth to bring thy flesh into guilt, neither say thou before the messenger, that it was an error; wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?
Ecclesiastes 5: 7 (5:6) For through the multitude of dreams and vanities there are also many words; but fear thou God.
Ecclesiastes 5: 8 (5:7) If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent perverting of justice and righteousness in the state, marvel not at the matter; for one higher than the high watcheth, and there are higher than they.
Ecclesiastes 5: 9 (5:8) But the profit of a land every way is a king that maketh himself servant to the field.
Ecclesiastes 5: 10 (5:9) He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase; this also is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 5: 11 (5:10) When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, saving the beholding of them with his eyes?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
CAN be done? Time presses--I know but one remedy--with four-and-
twenty hours I might find many--Miss Vere, you must implore the
protection of the only human being who has it in his power to
control the course of events which threatens to hurry you before
"And what human being," answered Miss Vere, "has such power?"
"Start not when I name him," said Ratcliffe, coming near her, and
speaking in a low but distinct voice. "It is he who is called
Elshender the Recluse of Mucklestane-Moor."
"You are mad, Mr. Ratcliffe, or you mean to insult my misery by
an ill-timed jest!"