|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
know it empirically, that it is. That is to be empiric.
The criminal always work at one crime, that is the true criminal
who seems predestinate to crime, and who will of none other.
This criminal has not full man brain. He is clever and cunning
and resourceful, but he be not of man stature as to brain.
He be of child brain in much. Now this criminal of ours
is predestinate to crime also. He, too, have child brain,
and it is of the child to do what he have done. The little bird,
the little fish, the little animal learn not by principle,
but empirically. And when he learn to do, then there is
to him the ground to start from to do more. `Dos pou sto,'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Adventure by Jack London:
in every line of his clean-cut face.
"Go ahead and say it," she challenged. "Please don't mind me.
I'm--I'm getting used to it, you know. Really I am."
"I wish I were a woman so as to tell you how preposterously insane
and impossible it is," he blurted out.
She surveyed him with deliberation, and said:
"Better than that, you are a man. So there is nothing to prevent
your telling me, for I demand to be considered as a man. I didn't
come down here to trail my woman's skirts over the Solomons.
Please forget that I am accidentally anything else than a man with
a man's living to make."