|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
at any rate, the strange effects now wrought on Callias by love. He
was like one transformed, the cynosure of all initiated in the
mysteries of this divinity.
 Cf. Plat. "Rep." iii. 403 A: "Whereas true love is a love of
beauty and order, temperate and harmonious."
 Cf. "Econ." xxi. 12.
So they supped in silence, the whole company, as if an injunction had
been laid upon them by some superior power. But presently there came a
knocking on the door! Philippus the jester bade the doorkeeper
announce him, with apologies for seeking a night's lodging: he had
come, he said, provided with all necessaries for dining, at a friend's
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
memories of his pets."
I reviewed in my mind the creatures gruesome and terrible which
surrounded the Chinaman--the scorpions, the bacteria, the noxious
things which were the weapons wherewith he visited death upon
whomsoever opposed the establishment of a potential Yellow Empire.
But no one of them could account for the imprints upon the dust
of West's window-sill.
"You puzzle me, Smith," I confessed. "There is much in this extraordinary
case that puzzles me. I can think of nothing to account for the marks."
"Have you thought of Fu-Manchu's marmoset?" asked Smith.
"The monkey!" I cried.
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu