|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King James Bible:
SA1 21:12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore
afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
SA1 21:13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself
mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his
spittle fall down upon his beard.
SA1 21:14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is
mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
SA1 21:15 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to
play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?
SA1 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave
Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
stupefying life of the provinces, neither do I like the passionate
life of Paris, with its ardor of reformation, which is driving
youth into so many unknown ways. You alone know my opinions; to my
mind the moral world revolves upon its own axis, like the material
world. My poor protege demands (as you will see from his letter)
things impossible. No power can resist ambitions so violent, so
imperious, so absolute, as those of to-day. I am in favor of low
levels and slowness in political change; I dislike these social
overturns to which ambitious minds subject us.
To you I confide these principles of a monarchical and prejudiced
old man, because you are discreet. Here I hold my tongue in the