|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
about spending all mine, here are strangers who will give you the use of
theirs; and one of them, Simmias the Theban, has brought a large sum of
money for this very purpose; and Cebes and many others are prepared to
spend their money in helping you to escape. I say, therefore, do not
hesitate on our account, and do not say, as you did in the court (compare
Apol.), that you will have a difficulty in knowing what to do with yourself
anywhere else. For men will love you in other places to which you may go,
and not in Athens only; there are friends of mine in Thessaly, if you like
to go to them, who will value and protect you, and no Thessalian will give
you any trouble. Nor can I think that you are at all justified, Socrates,
in betraying your own life when you might be saved; in acting thus you are
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson:
is the stolid brute that he dislikes. (N.B. You can still see six
inches between him and the saddle when his pony trots.) I listen
and sympathise and throw out no hint that their achievements are
not really great.'
'JUNE 18TH. - Bernard is much impressed by the fact that I can be
useful to Frewen about the steamboat' [which the latter
irrepressible inventor was making]. 'He says quite with awe, "He
would not have got on nearly so well if you had not helped him."'
'JUNE 27TH. - I do not see what I could do without Austin. He
talks so pleasantly and is so truly good all through.'
'JUNE 27TH. - My chief difficulty with Austin is to get him