|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Taras Bulba and Other Tales by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol:
"Whence come you!" asked the Koschevoi, as the boat touched the shore.
All the workers paused in their labours, and, raising their axes and
chisels, looked on expectantly.
"From a misfortune!" shouted the short Cossack.
"Permit me, noble Zaporozhtzi, to address you."
"Or would you prefer to assemble a council?"
"Speak, we are all here."
The people all pressed together in one mass.
Taras Bulba and Other Tales
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
That this, however, which is the fact, should be scarcely credited in
some quarters does not surprise me, seeing that in many states the
laws do not oppose the desires in question.
 I.e. "law and custom."
I have now described the two chief methods of education in vogue; that
is to say, the Lacedaemonian as contrasted with that of the rest of
Hellas, and I leave it to the judgment of him whom it may concern,
which of the two has prodcued the finer type of men. And by finer I
mean the better disciplined, the more modest and reverential, and, in
matters where self-restraint is a virtue, the more continent.