|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
his calf. I'm supposed to be rather partial to statuary, but when
it comes to Hercules, the police should interfere. I should say,'
he added, glancing with disaffection at the swollen leg, 'that
this was about the biggest and the worst in Europe. What in
heaven's name can have induced him to come here?'
'I suppose nobody else would have a gift of him,' said Julia.
'And for that matter, I think we could have done without the
monster very well.'
'O, don't say that,' returned Gideon. 'This has been one of the
most amusing experiences of my life.'
'I don't think you'll forget it very soon,' said Julia. 'Your
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
CHEYLARD AND LUC
CANDIDLY, it seemed little worthy of all this searching. A few
broken ends of village, with no particular street, but a succession
of open places heaped with logs and fagots; a couple of tilted
crosses, a shrine to Our Lady of all Graces on the summit of a
little hill; and all this, upon a rattling highland river, in the
corner of a naked valley. What went ye out for to see? thought I
to myself. But the place had a life of its own. I found a board,
commemorating the liberalities of Cheylard for the past year, hung
up, like a banner, in the diminutive and tottering church. In
1877, it appeared, the inhabitants subscribed forty-eight francs
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from On Revenues by Xenophon:
two philanthropic measures and certain details of supervision.
 See Zurborg, "Comm." p. 24.
 See Aristot. "Pol." iv. 15, 3.
With regard to the other sources of revenue which I contemplate, I
admit, it is different. For these I recognise the necessity of a
capital to begin with. I am not, however, without good hope that
the citizens of this state will contribute heartily to such an object,
when I reflect on the large sums subscribed by the state on various
late occasions, as, for instance, when reinforcements were sent to the
Arcadians under the command of Lysistratus, and again at the date
of the generalship of Hegesileos. I am well aware that ships of
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Burning Daylight by Jack London:
Hegan, in spite of his misery, gave her a quick, grateful look.
"I'll take my chance on that," Daylight began.
"Wait!" she again interrupted. "And if you don't do this thing,
I will marry you."
"Let me get this proposition clear." Daylight spoke with
exasperating slowness and deliberation. "As I understand it, if
I keep right on at the business game, you'll sure marry me?
You'll marry me if I keep on working my head off and drinking
After each question he paused, while she nodded an affirmation.
"And you'll marry me right away?"