|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
But I will cause those who believe and do aright to enter gardens
beneath which rivers flow, to dwell therein for aye by the
permission of their Lord; their salutation therein is 'Peace!'
Dost thou not see how God strikes out a parable? A good word is like
a good tree whose root is firm, and whose branches are in the sky;
it gives its fruit at every season by the permission of its Lord-
but God strikes out parables for men that haply they may be mindful.
And the likeness of a bad word is as a bad tree, which is felled
from above the earth, and has no staying place.
God answers those who believe with the sure word in this world's
life and in the next; but God leads the wrong-doers astray; for God
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
and cannot, get the trade-phrasings precisely and exactly right;
and the moment he departs, by even a shade, from a common trade-
form, the reader who has served that trade will know the writer
HASN'T. Ealer would not be convinced; he said a man could learn
how to correctly handle the subtleties and mysteries and free-
masonries of ANY trade by careful reading and studying. But when
I got him to read again the passage from Shakespeare with the
interlardings, he perceived, himself, that books couldn't teach a
student a bewildering multitude of pilot-phrases so thoroughly
and perfectly that he could talk them off in book and play or
conversation and make no mistake that a pilot would not
What is Man?