|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
that way only on very great occasions. They were the outward and
visible sign that the prisoners were in Belarab's keeping, and
this was good, so far. The pity was that the Great Chief himself
was not there. Then Lingard assumed a formal pose and Mrs.
Travers stared into the great courtyard and with rows and rows of
faces ranged on the ground at her feet felt a little giddy for a
Every movement had died in the crowd. Even the eyes were still
under the variegated mass of coloured headkerchiefs: while beyond
the open gate a noble palm tree looked intensely black against
the glitter of the lagoon and the pale incandescence of the sky.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
materializing or solidification of motion. Space again is the individual
and universal in one; or, in other words, a perception and also a
conception. So easily do what are sometimes called our simple ideas pass
into one another, and differences of kind resolve themselves into
differences of degree.
Within or behind space there is another abstraction in many respects
similar to it--time, the form of the inward, as space is the form of the
outward. As we cannot think of outward objects of sense or of outward
sensations without space, so neither can we think of a succession of
sensations without time. It is the vacancy of thoughts or sensations, as
space is the void of outward objects, and we can no more imagine the mind