|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
trouble and unrest as you are--indeed I should not: I have been watching
with amazement your peaceful slumbers; and for that reason I did not awake
you, because I wished to minimize the pain. I have always thought you to
be of a happy disposition; but never did I see anything like the easy,
tranquil manner in which you bear this calamity.
SOCRATES: Why, Crito, when a man has reached my age he ought not to be
repining at the approach of death.
CRITO: And yet other old men find themselves in similar misfortunes, and
age does not prevent them from repining.
SOCRATES: That is true. But you have not told me why you come at this
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
the sill by the stove."
The man could not understand.
"Let me thank you for your kindness, Floyd. Your time was
invaluable to me, and it was indeed good of you. The turning to
the left, as you leave the cabin, leads the quickest to the water-
hole. Good-night. I am going to bed."
Floyd Vanderlip employed strong words to express his perplexity
and disappointment. Alice did not like to hear men swear, so
dropped his parka on the floor and tossed his mittens on top of
it. Then he made a break for Freda, and she ruined her retreat to
the inner room by tripping over the parka. He brought her up