|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini:
"The public? The rabble, you mean. Do you want to deprive us of
the patronage of all gentlefolk by vulgar appeals to the low passions
of the mob.?"
Andre-Louis stepped past M. Binet and forward to the table. He
shrugged contemptuously. The man offended him, after all.
"You exaggerate grossly - as usual."
"I do not exaggerate. And I am the master in my own theatre. This
is the Binet Troupe, and it shall be conducted in the Binet way."
"Who are the gentlefolk the loss of whose patronage to the Feydau
will be so poignantly felt?" asked Andre-Louis.
"You imply that there are none? See how wrong you are. After the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus:
and false," he forthwith goes away and complains that you have
Our way of life resembles a fair. The flocks and herds are
passing along to be sold, and the greater part of the crowd to
buy and sell. But there are some few who come only to look at the
fair, to inquire how and why it is being held, upon what
authority and with what object. So too, in this great Fair of
life, some, like the cattle, trouble themselves about nothing but
the fodder. Know all of you, who are busied about land, slaves
and public posts, that these are nothing but fodder! Some few
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus