|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim by William Shakespeare:
O, love's best habit is a soothing tongue,
And age, in love, loves not to have years told.
Therefore, I'll lie with love, and love with me,
Since that our faults in love thus smother'd be.
Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,
That like two spirits do suggest me still;
My better angel is a man right fair,
My worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
SOCRATES: And the happy are those who obtain good?
SOCRATES: And they obtain good by acting well and honourably?
SOCRATES: Then acting well is a good?
SOCRATES: And happiness is a good?
SOCRATES: Then the good and the honourable are again identified.
SOCRATES: Then, if the argument holds, what we find to be honourable we