|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Statesman by Plato:
penalties; and this is very right and good when regarded as the second best
thing, if you set aside the first, of which I was just now speaking. Shall
I explain the nature of what I call the second best?
YOUNG SOCRATES: By all means.
STRANGER: I must again have recourse to my favourite images; through them,
and them alone, can I describe kings and rulers.
YOUNG SOCRATES: What images?
STRANGER: The noble pilot and the wise physician, who 'is worth many
another man'--in the similitude of these let us endeavour to discover some
image of the king.
YOUNG SOCRATES: What sort of an image?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
women that she could be jealous about. She had no women's society.
It's difficult for a shipmaster's wife unless there are other
shipmasters' wives about, and there were none here then. I know
that the dock manager's wife called on her; but that was all. The
fellows here formed the opinion that Mrs. Davidson was a meek, shy
little thing. She looked it, I must say. And this opinion was so
universal that the friend I have been telling you of remembered his
conversation with Davidson simply because of the statement about
Davidson's wife. He even wondered to me: 'Fancy Mrs. Davidson
making a fuss to that extent. She didn't seem to me the sort of
woman that would know how to make a fuss about anything.'
Within the Tides