|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
SOCRATES: Let us take you and me, or anything as an example:--There is
Socrates in health, and Socrates sick--Are they like or unlike?
THEAETETUS: You mean to compare Socrates in health as a whole, and
Socrates in sickness as a whole?
SOCRATES: Exactly; that is my meaning.
THEAETETUS: I answer, they are unlike.
SOCRATES: And if unlike, they are other?
SOCRATES: And would you not say the same of Socrates sleeping and waking,
or in any of the states which we were mentioning?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
but she knew that she had never been so real a power, never counted
for so much, as now when, for the first time, the standard
of comparison of her little circle was a prey to vagueness.
The sense, indeed, that the good people about her had,
as regards her remarkable self, no standard of comparison
at all gave her a feeling of almost illimitable power.
It was true, as she said to herself, that if for this reason
they would be able to discover nothing against her, so they
would perhaps neglect to perceive some of her superior points;
but she always wound up her reflections by declaring that she
would take care of that.