|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
devil had flown away with my wife and my whole family instead of
this Wayland Smith, who, I daresay, after all said and done, was
much less worthy of the distinction which Satan has done him."
"I hold opinion with you, good fellow," replied Wayland Smith;
"and I will drink to you upon that argument."
"Not that I would justify any man who deals with the devil," said
mine host, after having pledged Wayland in a rousing draught of
sack, "but that--saw ye ever better sack, my masters?--but that,
I say, a man had better deal with a dozen cheats and scoundrel
fellows, such as this Wayland Smith, than with a devil incarnate,
that takes possession of house and home, bed and board."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy:
And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forbears fought
are still at issue around the globe. . .the belief that the rights of man
come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
Let the word go forth from this time and place. . .to friend and foe alike. . .
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. . .
born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,
proud of our ancient heritage. . .and unwilling to witness or permit the slow
undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed,
and to which we are committed today. . .at home and around the world.
Let every nation know. . .whether it wishes us well or ill. . .