|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
of Senator Frye announced to his colleagues that free speech had
been suppressed in Samoa.
Perhaps we must seek some similar explanation for Fritze's short-
lived code, published and withdrawn the next day, the 23rd. Fritze
himself was in no humour for extremities. He was much in the
position of a lieutenant who should perceive his captain urging the
ship upon the rocks. It is plain he had lost all confidence in his
commanding officer "upon the legal side"; and we find him writing
home with anxious candour. He had understood that martial law
implied military possession; he was in military possession of
nothing but his ship, and shrewdly suspected that his martial
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Sophist by Plato:
preceded in a greater and worse perplexity.
STRANGER: We are far from having exhausted the more exact thinkers who
treat of being and not-being. But let us be content to leave them, and
proceed to view those who speak less precisely; and we shall find as the
result of all, that the nature of being is quite as difficult to comprehend
as that of not-being.
THEAETETUS: Then now we will go to the others.
STRANGER: There appears to be a sort of war of Giants and Gods going on
amongst them; they are fighting with one another about the nature of
THEAETETUS: How is that?
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
Madeline and Helen, assisted by Castleton, worked over Dorothy,
and with some difficulty quieted her. Stewart passed several
times without noticing them, and Monty, who had been so
ridiculously eager to pay every little attention to Dorothy, did
not see her at all. Rude it seemed; in Monty's ease more than
that. Madeline hardly knew what to make of it.
Stewart directed cowboys to go to the head of the open place in
the cliff and let down lassoes. Then, with little waste of
words, he urged the women toward this rough ladder of stones.
"We want to hide you," he said, when they demurred. "If the
guerrillas come we'll tell them you've all gone down to the
The Light of Western Stars
|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 Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte:
satisfaction; but in the engagement of governesses she considered
those things as but subordinate points; as being situated in the
neighbourhood of O-, she could get masters to supply any
deficiencies in that respect: but, in her opinion, next to
unimpeachable morality, a mild and cheerful temper and obliging
disposition were the most essential requisities.
My mother did not relish this at all, and now made many objections
to my accepting the situation; in which my sister warmly supported
her: but, unwilling to be balked again, I overruled them all; and,
having first obtained the consent of my father (who had, a short
time previously, been apprised of these transactions), I wrote a