|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
"Monsieur de Grancey, is the Chapter's lawsuit quite settled?" said
Rosalie point-blank to the Vicar-General, during a moment of silence.
Madame de Watteville exchanged rapid glances with the Vicar-General.
"What can that matter to you, my dear child?" she said to Rosalie,
with an affected sweetness which made her daughter cautious for the
rest of her days.
"It might be carried to the Court of Appeal, but our adversaries will
think twice about that," replied the Abbe.
"I never could have believed that Rosalie would think about a lawsuit
all through a dinner," remarked Madame de Watteville.
"Nor I either," said Rosalie, in a dreamy way that made every one
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Secret Places of the Heart by H. G. Wells:
face that stared at the, ceiling of his cabin and the problem
of his daughter might have been the face of a pickled head in
a museum, for any indication it betrayed of the flow of
thought within. He lay on his back and his bent knees lifted
the bed-clothes into a sharp mountain. He was not even trying
Why, he meditated, had V.V. stayed on in Europe so much
longer than she need have done? And why had Gunter Lake
suddenly got into a state of mind about her? Why didn't the
girl confide in her father at least about these things? What
was afoot? She had thrown over Lake once and it seemed she
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte:
been colonized by an innumerable company of noisy rooks, and a high
wall with a massive wooden gate: no doubt communicating with the
stable-yard, as a broad carriage-road swept up to it from the park.
The shadow of this wall soon took posession of the whole of the
ground as far as I could see, forcing the golden sunlight to
retreat inch by inch, and at last take refuge in the very tops of
the trees. Ere long, even they were left in shadow - the shadow of
the distant hills, or of the earth itself; and, in sympathy for the
busy citizens of the rookery, I regretted to see their habitation,
so lately bathed in glorious light, reduced to the sombre, work-a-
day hue of the lower world, or of my own world within. For a
|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 Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
"Tut, tut, man," said brother Michael, "there is no such fear."
"Mass," said the little friar, "but there is such a fear,
and very strong too. You who have it not may keep your way,
and I who have it shall take mine. I am not just now in the vein
for being picked off at a long shot." And saying these words,
he spurred up his four-footed better half, and galloped off
as nimbly as if he had had an arrow singing behind him.
"Is this lady Matilda, then, so very terrible a damsel?"
said Sir Ralph to brother Michael.
"By no means," said the friar. "She has certainly a high spirit;
but it is the wing of the eagle, without his beak or his claw.