|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
'Nonsense! I heard the whip going like a flail,' said Gideon. 'It
simply defies the human reason.'
'I'll tell you,' broke in the girl, 'he came round that corner.
Suppose we went and--what do you call it in books?--followed his
trail? There may be a house there, or somebody who saw him, or
'Well, suppose we did, for the fun of the thing,' said Gideon.
The fun of the thing (it would appear) consisted in the extremely
close juxtaposition of himself and Miss Hazeltine. To Uncle Ned,
who was excluded from these simple pleasures, the excursion
appeared hopeless from the first; and when a fresh perspective of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu:
THE SONG OF PRINCESS ZEB-UN-NISSA
IN PRAISE OF HER OWN BEAUTY
(From the Persian)
When from my cheek I lift my veil,
The roses turn with envy pale,
And from their pierced hearts, rich with pain,
Send forth their fragrance like a wail.
Or if perchance one perfumed tress
Be lowered to the wind's caress,
The honeyed hyacinths complain,
And languish in a sweet distress.