|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
America, and Stransom hadn't needed to be told this to guess the
nationality of the lady. Somehow it deepened the foolish air that
her husband's confused cordiality was unable to conceal. Stransom
recalled that he had heard of poor Creston's having, while his
bereavement was still fresh, crossed the sea for what people in
such predicaments call a little change. He had found the little
change indeed, he had brought the little change back; it was the
little change that stood there and that, do what he would, he
couldn't, while he showed those high front teeth of his, look other
than a conscious ass about. They were going into the shop, Mrs.
Creston said, and she begged Mr. Stransom to come with them and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
boy attachments, it being a topic in close connection with that of
boyhood and the training of boys.
 See Plut. "Lycurg." 17 (Clough, i. 109).
We know that the rest of the Hellenes deal with this relationship in
different ways, either after the manner of the Boeotians, where
man and boy are intimately united by a bond like that of wedlock, or
after the manner of the Eleians, where the fruition of beauty is an
act of grace; whilst there are others who would absolutely debar the
lover from all conversation and discourse with the beloved.
 See Xen. "Symp." viii. 34; Plato, "Symp." 182 B (Jowett, II. p.