|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
Apostle, He will make him enter gardens beneath which rivers flow; but
whoso turns his back He will torment with grievous woe.
God was well pleased with the believers when they did swear
allegiance to thee beneath the tree; and He knew what was in their
hearts, and He sent down His shechina upon them and rewarded them with
a victory nigh at hand, and many spoils for them to take; for God is
God promised you many spoils and hastened this on for you, and
restrained men's hands from you; and it may be a sign for the
believers and guide you in a right way;-and other (spoils) which ye
could not gain; but God has encompassed them; for God is mighty over
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
passed his hand through her arm. "I didn't have tea at the
Dreshams, you know; won't you give me some now?" he suggested.
That evening Glennard, under pretext of work to be done, shut
himself into the small study opening off the drawing-room. As he
gathered up his papers he said to his wife: "You're not going to
sit indoors on such a night as this? I'll join you presently
But she had drawn her armchair to the lamp. "I want to look at my
book," she said, taking up the first volume of the "Letters."
Glennard, with a shrug, withdrew into the study. "I'm going to
shut the door; I want to be quiet," he explained from the