|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
allowed to vanish from the public eye. I therefore willingly fell
in with the proposal of my Publishers to issue a new edition of the
Preface to the second edition.
The experimental researches of Faraday are so voluminous,
their descriptions are so detailed, and their wealth of illustration
is so great, as to render it a heavy labour to master them.
The multiplication of proofs, necessary and interesting when the new
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare:
That it will live engraven in my face.
'Yea, though I die, the scandal will survive,
And be an eye-sore in my golden coat;
Some loathsome dash the herald will contrive,
To cipher me how fondly I did dote;
That my posterity, sham'd with the note,
Shall curse my bones, and hold it for no sin
To wish that I their father had not been.
'What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy:
Who buys a minute's mirth to wail a week?