|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
not opened his mouth three times since he has been in my house
except to take in provision, cuts me short in my story with
a flat denial."
"Oh! I cry you mercy, sir knight," said Matilda; "I did not mark you before.
I am your debtor for no slight favour, and so is my liege lord."
"Her liege lord!" exclaimed the baron, taking large strides
across the chamber.
"Pardon me, gentle lady," said Sir Ralph. "Had I known you
before yesterday, I would have cut off my right hand ere it
should have been raised to do you displeasure.
"Oh sir," said Matilda, "a good man may be forced on an ill office:
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Rinkitink In Oz by L. Frank Baum:
nothing to do with the Oz people," Gos hastened to say.
And Kitticut, being questioned, admitted that this was
"But how about that wizard you mentioned?" asked the
"Oh, he is merely a boy; but he is very ferocious and
obstinate and he is assisted by a little fat sorcerer
called Rinkitink and a talking goat."
"Oho! A talking goat, do you say? That certainly
sounds like magic; and it also sounds like the Land of
Oz, where all the animals talk," said Kaliko, with a
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