|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
caudal appendages have laid lozengy meshes across these spokes.
This part has been strengthened by the nightly rounds of
inspection. Lastly come the less-visited expanses, which
consequently have a thinner carpet.
At the bottom of the passage dipping into the brushwood, we might
expect to find a secret cabin, a wadded cell where the Spider would
take refuge in her hours of leisure. The reality is something
entirely different. The long funnel-neck gapes at its lower end,
where a private door stands always ajar, allowing the animal, when
hard-pushed, to escape through the grass and gain the open.
It is well to know this arrangement of the home, if you wish to
The Life of the Spider
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw:
prejudices, Miss Warren. I feel bound to tell you, speaking as
an artist, and believing that the most intimate human
relationships are far beyond and above the scope of the law, that
though I know that your mother is an unmarried woman, I do not
respect her the less on that account. I respect her more.
FRANK [airily] Hear! hear!
VIVIE [staring at him] Is that a l l you know?
PRAED. Certainly that is all.
VIVIE. Then you neither of you know anything. Your guesses are
innocence itself compared with the truth.
PRAED [rising, startled and indignant, and preserving his