|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
Who is more unjust than he who devises against God a lie, or says,
'I am inspired,' when he was not inspired at all? and who says, 'I
will bring down the like of what God has sent down;' but didst thou
see when the unjust are in the floods of death, and the angels stretch
forth their hands, 'Give ye forth your souls; to-day shall ye be
recompensed with the torment of disgrace, for that ye did say
against God what was not true, and were too proud to hear His signs
And ye come now single-handed as we created you at first, and ye
have left behind your backs that which we granted you; and we see
not with you your intercessors whom ye pretended were partners amongst
you; betwixt you have the ties been cut asunder; and strayed away from
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:
the hotel. I did, I do, want my child--"
"Well?"--Strether waited with deference while she appeared to hesitate
as to how to put it.
"Well, to do what she can for me."
Strether for a little met her eyes on it; after which something
that might have been unexpected to her came from him. "Poor little
Not more expected for himself indeed might well have been her echo
of it. "Poor little duck! But she immensely wants herself," she
said, "to see our friend's cousin."
"Is that what she thinks her?"