|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
isn't he?' Is it success to be the occasion of a young
Englishman's having to stammer as you would have to stammer at such
a moment for old England? No, no; success is to have made people
wriggle to another tune. Do try it!"
Paul continued all gravely to glow. "Try what?"
"Try to do some really good work."
"Oh I want to, heaven knows!"
"Well, you can't do it without sacrifices - don't believe that for
a moment," the Master said. "I've made none. I've had everything.
In other words I've missed everything."
"You've had the full rich masculine human general life, with all
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
gravi onere armorum oppressis simul et de navibus desiliendum et in
auctibus consistendum et cum hostibus erat pugnandum, cum illi aut ex
arido aut paulum in aquam progressi omnibus membris expeditis, notissimis
locis, audacter tela coicerent et equos insuefactos incitarent. Quibus
rebus nostri perterriti atque huius omnino generis pugnae imperiti, non
eadem alacritate ac studio quo in pedestribus uti proeliis consuerant
Quod ubi Caesar animadvertit, naves longas, quarum et species erat
barbaris inusitatior et motus ad usum expeditior, paulum removeri ab
onerariis navibus et remis incitari et ad latus apertum hostium constitui
atque inde fundis, sagittis, tormentis hostes propelli ac submoveri