|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
"Tige, there's one of them struttin' turkey cocks as won't see the Ohio," said
Wetzel to the dog.
Hurriedly slipping from round his neck the bullet-pouch that Betty had given
him, he shook out a bullet and with the point of his knife he scratched deep
in the soft lead the letter W. Then he cut the bullet half through. This done
he detached the pouch from the cord and running the cord through the cut in
the bullet he bit the lead. He tied the string round the neck of the dog and
pointing eastward he said: "Home."
The intelligent animal understood perfectly. His duty was to get that warning
home. His clear brown eyes as much as said: "I will not fail." He wagged his
tail, licked the hunter's hand, bounded away and disappeared in the forest.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
practise in common the virtue which belongs to them without distinction of
Now the country was inhabited in those days by various classes of
citizens;--there were artisans, and there were husbandmen, and there was
also a warrior class originally set apart by divine men. The latter dwelt
by themselves, and had all things suitable for nurture and education;
neither had any of them anything of their own, but they regarded all that
they had as common property; nor did they claim to receive of the other
citizens anything more than their necessary food. And they practised all
the pursuits which we yesterday described as those of our imaginary
guardians. Concerning the country the Egyptian priests said what is not