|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw:
nothing like the sun," &c., not a word was lost on her.
And is it to be supposed that Shakespear was too stupid or too modest
not to see at last that it was a case of Jupiter and Semele?
Shakespear was most certainly not modest in that sense. The timid
cough of the minor poet was never heard from him.
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme
is only one out of a dozen passages in which he (possibly with a keen
sense of the fun of scandalizing the modest coughers) proclaimed his
place and his power in "the wide world dreaming of things to come."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
arriving. Scarlett, can you send Pork down to do it while we're
"Miz Wilkes, you got more sense than most women but you gits
flurried right easy," said Archie. "And as for that fool nigger,
Pork, he ain't got no bizness with them thar contraptions. He'd
set them afire in no time. They are--right pretty," he conceded.
"I'll hang them for you, whilst you and Mr. Wilkes are eatin'."
"Oh, Archie, how kind of you!" Melanie turned childlike eyes of
gratitude and dependence upon him. "I don't know what I should do
without you. Do you suppose you could go put the candles in them
now, so we'd have that much out of the way?"
Gone With the Wind