|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
knowing, "we've got to prevent that: they'd get the land; and it's on the
road to India. And we don't mean them to. I suppose you don't know much
about politics in Palestine?" said Peter, looking kindly and patronisingly
at the stranger.
"If these men," said the stranger, "would rather be free, or be under the
British Government, than under the Chartered Company, why, when they resist
the Chartered Company, are they more rebels than the Armenians when they
resist the Turk? Is the Chartered Company God, that every knee should bow
before it, and before it every head be bent? Would you, the white men of
England, submit to its rule for one day?"
"Ah," said Peter, "no, of course we shouldn't, but we are white men, and so
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
It is when the heart has an instinct of what
In the heart of another is passing. And that
In the heart of Matilda, what was it? Whence came
To her cheek on a sudden that tremulous flame?
What weighed down her head?
All your eye could discover
Was the fact that Matilda was troubled. Moreover
That trouble the Duke's presence seem'd to renew.
She, however, broke silence, the first of the two.
The Duke was too prudent to shatter the spell
Of a silence which suited his purpose so well.