|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
"And now," she continued, "we have these patriotic braves who
claim to be impervious to swords and bullets; what shall we do?
Shall we cast in our lot with their millions and drive all these
foreigners out of China or not?"
Prince Tuan, as father of the heir-apparent, uneducated,
superstitious and ignorant of all foreign affairs, then spoke. He
"I have seen the Boxers drilling, I have heard their
incantations, and I believe that they will be able to effect this
much desired end. They will either kill the foreigners or drive
them out of the country and no more will dare to come, and thus
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Iliad by Homer:
of Hades. As for the barrow, labour not to raise a great one now,
but such as is reasonable. Afterwards, let those Achaeans who may
be left at the ships when I am gone, build it both broad and
Thus he spoke and they obeyed the word of the son of Peleus.
First they poured red wine upon the thick layer of ashes and
quenched the fire. With many tears they singled out the whitened
bones of their loved comrade and laid them within a golden urn in
two layers of fat: they then covered the urn with a linen cloth
and took it inside the tent. They marked off the circle where the
barrow should be, made a foundation for it about the pyre, and