|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
concealing anything, told, point by point, the whole trouble. Sir
James sat looking steadily at him for a while after he had ended.
"Never," said he, presently, "did I know any one of ye squires,
in all the time that I have been here, get himself into so many
broils as thou, Myles Falworth. Belike thou sought to take this
"Nay," said Myles, earnestly; "God forbid!"
"Ne'theless," said Sir James, "thou fetched him a main shrewd
blow; and it is by good hap, and no fault of thine, that he will
live to do more mischief yet. This is thy second venture at him;
the third time, haply, thou wilt end him for good." Then suddenly
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome:
come to terms, if they want to come to terms at all.
England and America would be willing, perhaps, if their
hands were not tied by France. But intervention in the
large sense can now hardly be. They must have learnt that
Russia could never be governed as India is governed, and
that sending troops here is the same thing as sending them
to a Communist University."
I said something about the general hostility to their
propaganda noticeable in foreign countries.
Lenin. "Tell them to build a Chinese wall round each of
their countries. They have their customs-officers, their