|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne:
"And my head?"
"Your head, except for a few bruises, is all right; and it is on your
shoulders, where it ought to be."
"Well, I am afraid my brain is affected."
"Your mind affected!"
"Yes, I fear so. Are we again on the surface of the globe?"
"No, certainly not."
"Then I must be mad; for don't I see the light of day, and don't I
hear the wind blowing, and the sea breaking on the shore?"
"Ah! is that all?"
Journey to the Center of the Earth
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
Be seated, then (replied the host). The company are fully fed on
serious thoughts, you see, if somewhat starved of food for laughter.
 Lit. "Pray, find a couch then."
The feast proceeded; and, if only to discharge the duty laid upon him
at a dinner-party, Philippus must try at once to perpetrate a jest.
Failing to stir a smile, poor fellow, he made no secret of his
perturbation. Presently he tried again; and for the second time the
joke fell flat. Whereat he paused abruptly in the middle of the
course, and muffling up his face, fell prostrate on the couch.
Then Callias: What ails you, sirrah? Have you the cramp? the