|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
is shallow in thought and feeling.
We propose in what follows, first of all, like Plato in the Theaetetus, to
analyse sensation, and secondly to trace the connexion between theories of
sensation and a sensational or Epicurean philosophy.
Paragraph I. We, as well as the ancients, speak of the five senses, and of
a sense, or common sense, which is the abstraction of them. The term
'sense' is also used metaphorically, both in ancient and modern philosophy,
to express the operations of the mind which are immediate or intuitive. Of
the five senses, two--the sight and the hearing--are of a more subtle and
complex nature, while two others--the smell and the taste--seem to be only
more refined varieties of touch. All of them are passive, and by this are
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Peter Pan by James M. Barrie:
and it made an excellent knocker.
Absolutely finished now, they thought.
Not of bit of it. "There's no chimney," Peter said; "we must
have a chimney."
"It certainly does need a chimney," said John importantly.
This gave Peter an idea. He snatched the hat off John's head,
knocked out the bottom [top], and put the hat on the roof. The
little house was so pleased to have such a capital chimney that,
as if to say thank you, smoke immediately began to come out of
Now really and truly it was finished. Nothing remained to do
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
them to alter the line of policy they had adopted, or to recall
from the assistance of their brethren of the English Parliament
that auxiliary army of twenty thousand men, by means of which
accession of strength, the King's party had been reduced to the
defensive, when in full career of triumph and success.
The causes which moved the Convention of Estates at this time to
take such an immediate and active interest in the civil war of
England, are detailed in our historians, but may be here shortly
recapitulated. They had indeed no new injury or aggression to
complain of at the hand of the King, and the peace which had been
made between Charles and his subjects of Scotland had been
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy:
horses and tore up the ground, and Levin was begged not to mmd
about it. The horses were allowed to stray into the wheat because
not a single laborer would consent to be night-watchman, and in
spite of orders to the contrary, the laborers insisted on taking
turns for night duty, and Ivan, after working all day long, fell
asleep, and was very penitent for his fault, saying, "Do what you
will to me, your honor."
They killed three of the best calves by letting them into the
clover aftermath without care as to their drinking, and nothing
would make the men believe that they had been blown out by the
clover, but they told him, by way of consolation, that one of his