|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Oscar Wilde Miscellaneous by Oscar Wilde:
MYRRHINA. Once as I was passing through the market place I heard a
sophist from Cilicia say that there is only one God. He said it
before many people.
FIRST MAN. That cannot be true. We have ourselves seen many,
though we are but common men and of no account. When I saw them I
hid myself in a bush. They did me no harm.
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MYRRHINA. Tell me more about the beautiful young hermit. Talk to
me about the beautiful young hermit who will not look on the face of
woman. What is the story of his days? What mode of life has he?
FIRST MAN. We do not understand you.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
And it is no crime to you if ye be annoyed with rain or be sick,
that ye lay down your arms; but take your precautions,- verily, God
has prepared for those who misbelieve a shameful woe.
But when ye have fulfilled your prayer, remember God standing and
sitting and lying on your sides; and when ye are in safety then be
steadfast in prayer; verily, prayer is for the believers prescribed
And do not give way in pursuit of the people; if ye suffer they
shall surely suffer too, even. as ye suffer; and ye hope from God, but
they hope not! and God is knowing, wise.
Verily, we have revealed to thee the Book in truth that thou