|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
"The idea being," she observed monotonously, "that, being safely
away, and the necklace being left safely on the floor, you are left
safely in possession of - the necklace. Well, my answer is - no!"
His face hardened a little.
"I'm sorry, then," he said. "For in that case, in so far as your
project is concerned, I, too, must say - no!"
It was an impasse. She studied his face, the strong jaw set a
little now, the lips molded in sterner lines, and for all her
outward show of composure, she knew a sick dismay. And for a moment
she neither moved nor spoke. What he would do next, she did not
know; but she knew quite well that he had not the slightest
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake:
That shakes the blossoms of my hoary hair!'
A DIVINE IMAGE
Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secrecy the human dress.
The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.
A CRADLE SONG
Songs of Innocence and Experience