|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:
"My dear fellow, when I say I couldn't pierce futurity -!"
"I mean afterwards."
The Master wondered. "After my wife's death?"
"When this idea came to you."
"Ah never, never! I wanted to save you, rare and precious as you
Poor Overt looked hard at him. "Are you marrying Miss Fancourt to
"Not absolutely, but it adds to the pleasure. I shall be the
making of you," St. George smiled. "I was greatly struck, after
our talk, with the brave devoted way you quitted the country, and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
No one knew better than Plato how to invent 'a noble lie.' Observe (1) the
innocent declaration of Socrates, that the truth of the story is a great
advantage: (2) the manner in which traditional names and indications of
geography are intermingled ('Why, here be truths!'): (3) the extreme
minuteness with which the numbers are given, as in the Old Epic poetry:
(4) the ingenious reason assigned for the Greek names occurring in the
Egyptian tale: (5) the remark that the armed statue of Athena indicated
the common warrior life of men and women: (6) the particularity with which
the third deluge before that of Deucalion is affirmed to have been the
great destruction: (7) the happy guess that great geological changes have
been effected by water: (8) the indulgence of the prejudice against