|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Pagan and Christian Creeds by Edward Carpenter:
rather to point out the remarkable way in which it illustrates
what I have said about the Childhood of the Race. In fact,
if the quotation be read over again with this interpretation
(which I do not say Wordsworth intended) that the 'birth'
spoken of is the birth or evolution of the distinctively self-
conscious Man from the Animals and the animal-natured,
unself-conscious human beings of a preceding age, then the
parable unfolds itself perfectly naturally and convincingly.
THAT birth certainly was sleep and a forgetting; the grace
and intuition and instinctive perfection of the animals
was lost. But the forgetfulness was not entire; the
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|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
since they left home and, ignorant of the fact
that Ruggedo was no longer King of the nomes, they
threw themselves upon him and had just succeeded
in capturing him when their fellow adventurers
reached the spot.
"Goodness gracious!" cried Betsy. "What has
happened to you all?"
Ann came forward to greet them, sorrowful and
"We were obliged to escape from the pit through
a small tunnel, which was lined with sharp and
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