|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
aught they could not snatch it away from it-weak is both the seeker
and the sought.
They do not value God at His true value; verily, God is powerful,
God chooses apostles of the angels and of men; verily, God hears and
sees. He knows what is before them and what is behind them; and unto
God affairs return.
O ye who believe! bow down and adore, and serve your Lord, and do
well, haply ye may prosper; and fight strenuously for God, as is His
due. He has elected you, and has not put upon you any hindrance by
your religion,-the faith of your father Abraham. He has named you
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol:
is not at home, but will be back presently."
"Where is he?"
"Doing business in the village with a party of factors," replied the
lady as she conducted her guests to the drawing-room.
With no little curiosity did Chichikov gaze at the interior of the
mansion inhabited by the man who received an annual income of two
hundred thousand roubles; for he thought to discern therefrom the
nature of its proprietor, even as from a shell one may deduce the
species of oyster or snail which has been its tenant, and has left
therein its impression. But no such conclusions were to be drawn. The
rooms were simple, and even bare. Not a fresco nor a picture nor a