|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Euthyphro by Plato:
to the propriety of punishing a murderer: there would be no difference of
opinion about that.
SOCRATES: Well, but speaking of men, Euthyphro, did you ever hear any one
arguing that a murderer or any sort of evil-doer ought to be let off?
EUTHYPHRO: I should rather say that these are the questions which they are
always arguing, especially in courts of law: they commit all sorts of
crimes, and there is nothing which they will not do or say in their own
SOCRATES: But do they admit their guilt, Euthyphro, and yet say that they
ought not to be punished?
EUTHYPHRO: No; they do not.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
He paused a moment, awkwardly. "My name's Ben Westerveld."
"Pleased to meet you," said Bella. "Which way was you going?
There's a dog down at Tietjens' that's enough to scare anybody.
He looks like a pony, he's so big."
"I forgot something at the school this afternoon, and I was
walking over to get it." Which was a lie. "I hope it won't
get dark before I get there. You were going the other way,
"Oh, I wasn't going no place in particular. I'll be pleased to
keep you company down to the school and back." He was surprised
at his own sudden masterfulness.