|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells:
dreams in a year."
"Ah!" he said, and seemed for a moment to collect his thoughts.
"Your dreams don't mix with your memories?" he asked abruptly.
"You don't find yourself in doubt; did this happen or did it not?"
"Hardly ever. Except just for a momentary hesitation now and then.
I suppose few people do."
"Does HE say--" he indicated the book.
"Says it happens at times and gives the usual explanation about
intensity of impression and the like to account for its not happening
as a rule. I suppose you know something of these theories--"
"Very little--except that they are wrong."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
play an important part in the changing history of the organic world.
We can, perhaps, on these views, understand some facts which will be again
alluded to in our chapter on geographical distribution; for instance, that
the productions of the smaller continent of Australia have formerly
yielded, and apparently are now yielding, before those of the larger
Europaeo-Asiatic area. Thus, also, it is that continental productions have
everywhere become so largely naturalised on islands. On a small island,
the race for life will have been less severe, and there will have been less
modification and less extermination. Hence, perhaps, it comes that the
flora of Madeira, according to Oswald Heer, resembles the extinct tertiary
flora of Europe. All fresh-water basins, taken together, make a small area
On the Origin of Species