|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
carnal thoughts. Of course we are a good family and my uncle is a
great man in the country, but where is the reputable farmer or God-
fearing man of that kind that would dare to bring such a girl into
his house to his mother and sisters. No, let her give her ill-
gotten wealth up to the deserving and devote the rest of her life
She uttered these righteous reflections and presented this
programme for the salvation of her sister's soul in a reasonable
convinced tone which was enough to give goose flesh to one all
"Mademoiselle Therese," I said, "you are nothing less than a
The Arrow of Gold
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
both of himself and of the city. What do you think?
ALCIBIADES: I agree.
SOCRATES: And if any one knows how to ride or to shoot with the bow or to
box or to wrestle, or to engage in any other sort of contest or to do
anything whatever which is in the nature of an art,--what do you call him
who knows what is best according to that art? Do you not speak of one who
knows what is best in riding as a good rider?
SOCRATES: And in a similar way you speak of a good boxer or a good flute-
player or a good performer in any other art?