|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Iron Puddler by James J. Davis:
less than two million of them. Thousands of Indians used to
starve and freeze to death every hard winter.
The white man who doesn't want to work is sick. He needs a dose
of medicine, not a dose of the millennium. The Bible says that in
the sweat of his face man shall eat bread. When labor loafs, it
injures labor first and capital last. For labor grows poor to-day
while the capitalist gets poor to-morrow. But to-morrow never
comes. The capitalist can turn laborer and raise himself a mess
of pork and beans.
The laborer who does not turn capitalist and have a house and
garden for his old age is lacking in foresight.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson:
of the white trunk, and the trunk beginning to stand forth from the
rest of the wood, and the whole picture getting dappled over with the
flecks of sun that slip through the leaves overhead, and, as a wind
goes by and sets the trees a-talking, flicker hither and thither like
butterflies of light. But you know it is going forward; and, out of
emulation with the painter, get ready your own palette, and lay out
the colour for a woodland scene in words.
Your tree stands in a hollow paved with fern and heather, set in a
basin of low hills, and scattered over with rocks and junipers. All
the open is steeped in pitiless sunlight. Everything stands out as
though it were cut in cardboard, every colour is strained into its