|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Mother by Owen Wister:
willing to give us as a wedding present instead of a statue of the Winged
Victory, or silver spoons and forks, had we so desired."
Richard made a pause here, and looked at his wife as if he expected her
to correct him. But Ethel was plainly satisfied with his statement, and
he therefore continued.
"I think it is ideal when a girl is ready to do so much as that for a
man. But I should not think it ideal in a man to allow the girl he loved
to do it for him. Nor did I then know anything about the lands in
Michigan--though this would have made no difference. Ethel had been
accustomed to a house several stories high, with hot and cold water in
most of them, and somebody to answer the door-bell."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
extraordinary. I cannot help thinking while I dwell upon them, that
this discovery of magneto-electricity is the greatest experimental
result ever obtained by an investigator. It is the Mont Blanc of
Faraday's own achievements. He always worked at great elevations,
but a higher than this he never subsequently attained.
Footnotes to Chapter 13
 He compares the interpenetration of two atoms to the
coalescence of two distinct waves, which though for a moment blended
to a single mass, preserve their individuality, and afterwards
 In this form the experiment is identical with one made twenty