|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
behind them, where he thought that he would be out of sight of Lysis, lest
he should anger him; and there he stood and listened.
I turned to Menexenus, and said: Son of Demophon, which of you two youths
is the elder?
That is a matter of dispute between us, he said.
And which is the nobler? Is that also a matter of dispute?
And another disputed point is, which is the fairer?
The two boys laughed.
I shall not ask which is the richer of the two, I said; for you are
friends, are you not?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"He is tall, rather spare? And he took a young lady to the theater
last night?" Gregory persisted.
"He answers that description. What of it?"
"And be is your nephew?"
"My brother's son," David said steadily.
Somehow it began to dawn on him that there was nothing inimical in
this strange visitor, that he was anxious and ill at ease. There
was, indeed, something almost beseeching in Gregory's eyes, as
though he stood ready to give confidence for confidence. And, more
than that, a sort of not unfriendly stubbornness, as though he had
come to do something he meant to do.
The Breaking Point