|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
and she had to keep wiping her eyes and her little pink nose.
"You've got my--"
"Yes, grandma." Fenella showed it to her.
The rope came flying through the air, and "smack" it fell on to the deck.
The gangway was lowered. Again Fenella followed her grandma on to the
wharf over to the little cart, and a moment later they were bowling away.
The hooves of the little horse drummed over the wooden piles, then sank
softly into the sandy road. Not a soul was to be seen; there was not even
a feather of smoke. The mist rose and fell and the sea still sounded
asleep as slowly it turned on the beach.
"I seen Mr. Crane yestiddy," said Mr. Penreddy. "He looked himself then.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
foxes have the best of it; and indeed a glance at our pheasants, our
deer, and our children will convince the most sceptical that the
children have decidedly the worst of it.
This much hope, however, can be extracted from the present state of
things. It is so fantastic, so mad, so apparently impossible, that no
scheme of reform need ever henceforth be discredited on the ground
that it is fantastic or mad or apparently impossible. It is the
sensible schemes, unfortunately, that are hopeless in England.
Therefore I have great hopes that my own views, though fundamentally
sensible, can be made to appear fantastic enough to have a chance.
First, then, I lay it down as a prime condition of sane society,