|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
will enable him to appreciate his misfortunes, and to discern a
remedy for them. Moreover, there exists a singular principle of
relative justice which is very firmly implanted in the human
heart. Men are much more forcibly struck by those inequalities
which exist within the circle of the same class, than with those
which may be remarked between different classes. It is more easy
for them to admit slavery, than to allow several millions of
citizens to exist under a load of eternal infamy and hereditary
wretchedness. In the North the population of freed negroes feels
these hardships and resents these indignities; but its numbers
and its powers are small, whilst in the South it would be
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
be haulding a can'le (or carrying a firelock) in so black a business.
There were nights of it when he was here on sentry, the place a'
wheesht, the frosts o' winter maybe riving in the wa's, and he would
hear ane o' the prisoners strike up a psalm, and the rest join in, and
the blessed sounds rising from the different chalmers - or dungeons, I
would raither say - so that this auld craig in the sea was like a pairt
of Heev'n. Black shame was on his saul; his sins hove up before him
muckle as the Bass, and above a', that chief sin, that he should have a
hand in hagging and hashing at Christ's Kirk. But the truth is that he
resisted the spirit. Day cam, there were the rousing compainions, and
his guid resolves depairtit.