|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
our display of military force is inferior by half to that of the
enemy, the other chieftains will take fright and refuse to join
55. Hence he does not strive to ally himself with all and
sundry, nor does he foster the power of other states. He carries
out his own secret designs, keeping his antagonists in awe.
[The train of thought, as said by Li Ch`uan, appears to be
this: Secure against a combination of his enemies, "he can
afford to reject entangling alliances and simply pursue his own
secret designs, his prestige enable him to dispense with external
The Art of War
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
on this plate, parson. It's a contribution to the needy heathen.
You want to be generous. How much do you say?
The man of the cloth reluctantly said thirty dollars, a Lincoln
penny, and a silver-plated watch inherited from his fathers. The
watch was declined with thanks, the money accepted without.
The Pullman porter came into the car under compulsion of a
revolver in the hand of a fourth outlaw, one in a black mask. His
trembling finger pointed out the satchel and suit-case of Major
Mackenzie, and under orders he carried out the baggage belonging
to the irrigation engineer. Collin observed that the bandit in
the black mask was so nervous that the revolver in his hand