|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
semi-darkness opened to let a figure out of it.
"All quiet along the Potomac, seh?" asked the foreman's blithe
voice. "Good. I found the boys and got them started." He flung
down a Mexican vaquero's gaily trimmed costume.
"Get into these, seh. Denver shucked them for me. That coyote
must have noticed what we wore before he slid out. Y'u can bet
the orders are to watch for us as we were dressed then."
"What are y u going to do?"
"Me? I'm scheduled to be Aaron Burr, seh. Missou swaps with me
when he gets back here. They're going to rustle us some white
men's clothes, too, but we cayn't wear them till we get out of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Job 16: 16 My face is reddened with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
Job 16: 17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
Job 16: 18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no resting-place.
Job 16: 19 Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He that testifieth of me is on high.
Job 16: 20 Mine inward thoughts are my intercessors, mine eye poureth out tears unto God;
Job 16: 21 That He would set aright a man contending with God, as a son of man setteth aright his neighbour!
Job 16: 22 For the years that are few are coming on, and I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
Job 17: 1 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, the grave is ready for me.
Job 17: 2 Surely there are mockers with me, and mine eye abideth in their provocation.
Job 17: 3 Give now a pledge, be surety for me with Thyself; who else is there that will strike hands with me?
Job 17: 4 For Thou hast hid their heart from understanding; therefore shalt Thou not exalt them.