|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
by his depraved brothers and laid to his door, he knew he had never done a
cowardly act. That which he had committed while he was drunk he considered as
having been done by the liquor, and not by the man. He loved his power, and he
loved his name.
In all Girty's eventful, ignoble life, neither the alienation from his people,
the horror they ascribed to his power, nor the sacrifice of his life to stand
high among the savage races, nor any of the cruel deeds committed while at
war, hurt him a tithe as much as did this sanctioning the massacre of the
Although he was a vengeful, unscrupulous, evil man, he had never acted the
The Spirit of the Border
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle:
the tasseled jungle. Here, as in the woods, he followed them,
step by step, guided by the noise of their progress through the
Beyond the cornfield ran a road that, skirting to the south of
Lewes, led across a wooden bridge to the wide salt marshes that
stretched between the town and the distant sand hills. Coming out
upon this road Hiram found that he had gained upon those he
followed, and that they now were not fifty paces away, and he
could see that Levi's companion carried over his shoulder what
looked like a bundle of tools.
He waited for a little while to let them gain their distance and
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Marie by H. Rider Haggard:
blood, which you hate so much that, although by God's mercy he saved her
life, you do not desire that he should share her life. Is it not true?"
"Yes, it is true, Mynheer Quatermain. You English are bullies and
cheats," he answered excitedly.
"And so you would give your daughter to one who has shown himself humble
and upright, to that good hater of the English and plotter against his
King, Hernando Pereira, whom you love because he alone is left of your
Remembering the incident of the afternoon, this sarcasm reduced Marais
"Well," went on my father, "although I am fond of Marie, and know her to
|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 Macbeth by William Shakespeare:
I thinke, but dare not speake
Gent. Good night good Doctor.
Drum and Colours. Enter Menteth, Cathnes, Angus, Lenox,
Ment. The English powre is neere, led on by Malcolm,
His Vnkle Seyward, and the good Macduff.
Reuenges burne in them: for their deere causes
Would to the bleeding, and the grim Alarme
Excite the mortified man