|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
employed, or that we have been defrauded.
SOCRATES: And how does this happen? Will you tell me how? For there may
be a difference in the manner.
ALCIBIADES: Do you mean by 'how,' Socrates, whether we suffered these
things justly or unjustly?
ALCIBIADES: There can be no greater difference than between just and
SOCRATES: And would you advise the Athenians to go to war with the just or
with the unjust?
ALCIBIADES: That is an awkward question; for certainly, even if a person
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
part, she had journeyed to Newark with a vague fear that there
might be something wrong.
"Arrived in Newark," she said, "I learned that my aunt, with her
two white horses and her family carriage driven by Jefferson, the
negro coachmen, had suddenly left Newark, without giving any
explanation to anyone, or making her destination known.
"The proceeding was very strange; it was very unlike my aunt, and
I was frightened. Everyone who had seen her start testified that
she was laboring under a great nervous strain of some sort.
"I called at the freight depot and got the box of plum preserves
which I had shipped to her. To tell the truth, I feared for her