|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
And if to the two a third be added in due order, the number of terms will
be three, and the contacts two?
And every additional term makes one additional contact, whence it follows
that the contacts are one less in number than the terms; the first two
terms exceeded the number of contacts by one, and the whole number of terms
exceeds the whole number of contacts by one in like manner; and for every
one which is afterwards added to the number of terms, one contact is added
to the contacts.
Whatever is the whole number of things, the contacts will be always one
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
Constable, and the Marshal, and to encounter in your defence
Myles Falworth, knight, the accepted champion upon behalf of
Gilbert Reginald Falworth, the challenger! Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Let
the defendant come!"
So they continued calling, until, by the sudden turning of all
faces, Myles knew that his enemy was at hand.
Then presently he saw the Earl and his attendants enter the outer
gate at the west end of the barrier; he saw the Constable and
Marshal meet him; he saw the formal words of greeting pass; he
saw the Constable raise the umbril of the helmet. Then the gate
opened, and the Earl of Alban entered, clad cap-a-pie in a full
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