|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Statesman by Plato:
Sophist, is quite perfect.'
The principal subjects in the Statesman may be conveniently embraced under
six or seven heads:--(1) the myth; (2) the dialectical interest; (3) the
political aspects of the dialogue; (4) the satirical and paradoxical vein;
(5) the necessary imperfection of law; (6) the relation of the work to the
other writings of Plato; lastly (7), we may briefly consider the
genuineness of the Sophist and Statesman, which can hardly be assumed
without proof, since the two dialogues have been questioned by three such
eminent Platonic scholars as Socher, Schaarschmidt, and Ueberweg.
I. The hand of the master is clearly visible in the myth. First in the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
about to creep to the door when I heard the clink of stirrups and soft thud
of hoofs. Then followed more voices, and last a loud volley of curses.
"Herky-Jerky!" I gasped, and looked about wildly.
I had no time to dash out of the door. I was caught in a trap, and I felt
cold and sick. Suddenly I caught sight of the ladder leading to the loft.
Like a monkey I ran up, and crawled as noiselessly as possible upon the
rickety flooring of dry pine branches. Then I lay there quivering.
XIV. A PRISONER
It chanced that as I lay on my side my eye caught a gleam of light through
a little ragged hole in the matting of pine branches. Part of the interior
of the cabin, the doorway, and some space outside were plainly visible. The
The Young Forester