|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
Gather these waters back and seal them up?
Alas! Each drop will be a tear, and so
Will with its saltness make life very bitter.
I pray you speak no more, for I must go
Forth from your life and love, and make a way
On which you cannot follow.
I have heard
That sailors dying of thirst upon a raft,
Poor castaways upon a lonely sea,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
him look for me in the forests of Yucatan.'
Now when Otomie heard of this promise of mine she was vexed, for
she said that it was foolish and would only end in my losing my
life. Still, having given it she held with me that it must be
carried out, and the end of it was that I raised five hundred men,
and with them set out upon my long and toilsome march, which I
timed so as to meet Cortes in the passes of Yucatan. At the last
moment Otomie wished to accompany me, but I forbade it, pointing
out that she could leave neither her children nor her people, and
we parted with bitter grief for the first time.
Of all the hardships that I underwent I will not write. For two