|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Crowd by Gustave le Bon:
period, certain works are held--the example of "Tannhauser" may
be cited--which, a few years later, for the same reason are
admired by those who were foremost in criticising them.
The opinions and beliefs of crowds are specially propagated by
contagion, but never by reasoning. The conceptions at present
rife among the working classes have been acquired at the
public-house as the result of affirmation, repetition, and
contagion, and indeed the mode of creation of the beliefs of
crowds of every age has scarcely been different. Renan justly
institutes a comparison between the first founders of
Christianity and "the socialist working men spreading their ideas
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
"Indeed," said Lord Menteith, "from my idea of your family plate,
Donald, your master is certain to lose such a wager."
"Your honour may swear that; an' where he's to get the siller I
kenna, although he borrowed out o' twenty purses. I advised him
to pit the twa Saxon gentlemen and their servants cannily into
the pit o' the tower till they gae up the bagain o' free gude-
will, but the Laird winna hear reason."
Allan here started up, strode forward, and interrupted the
conversation, saying to the domestic in a voice like thunder,
"And how dared you to give my brother such dishonourable advice?