|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
What may that be?
There seem to be two causes of the deterioration of the arts.
What are they?
Wealth, I said, and poverty.
How do they act?
The process is as follows: When a potter becomes rich, will he, think you,
any longer take the same pains with his art?
He will grow more and more indolent and careless?
And the result will be that he becomes a worse potter?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw:
virgin, madam, albeit tis my misfortune.
THE DARK LADY. _[terrified again]_ In mercy, madam, hold no further
discourse with him. He hath ever some lewd jest on his tongue. You
hear how he useth me! calling me baggage and the like to your
ELIZABETH. As for you, mistress, I have yet to demand what your
business is at this hour in this place, and how you come to be so
concerned with a player that you strike blindly at your sovereign in
your jealousy of him.
THE DARK LADY. Madam: as I live and hope for salvation--
SHAKESPEAR. _[sardonically]_ Ha!