|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Padre Ignacio by Owen Wister:
the steps of Temptation's jaded horse.
"For a day, one single day of Paris!" repeated the Padre, gazing through
his cloisters at the empty sea.
Once in the year the mother-world remembered him. Once in the year, from
Spain, tokens and home-tidings came to him, sent by certain beloved
friends of his youth. A barkentine brought him these messages. Whenever
thus the mother-world remembered him, it was like the touch of a warm
hand, a dear and tender caress; a distant life, by him long left behind,
seemed to be drawing the exile homeward from these alien shores. As the
time for his letters and packets drew near, the eyes of Padre Ignacio
would be often fixed wistfully upon the harbor, watching for the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
together, and the scar of the great wound that he had received at
the tournament at York--the wound that had made him
blind--showing red across his forehead, as it always did when he
was angered or troubled.
There was something about it all that frightened Myles, who crept
to his father's side, and slid his little hand into the palm that
hung limp and inert. In answer to the touch, his father grasped
the hand tightly, but did not seem otherwise to notice that he
was there. Neither did the black knight pay any attention to him,
but continued putting his questions to Master Robert.
Then, suddenly, there was a commotion in the hall without, loud
Men of Iron
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
first thing that morning, I went off with the prisoner."
"Were there lights in the house?" questioned Penfield.
"Only dim ones in the halls and two bulbs turned on in the library;
it's a big room though, and they hardly made any light at all,"
explained O'Ryan; he was particular as to details. "I used
handcuffs on the prisoner, thinking maybe he'd give me the slip in
the dim light, but there was no fight or flight in him."
"Did he talk to you on the way to the station house?"
"No, sir; and at the station he was just as quiet, only answered
the questions the desk sergeant put to him, and that was all,"
stated 0' Ryan.
The Red Seal
|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 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:
hall quietly. The door of her parents' bedroom was slightly ajar
and, before she could knock, Ellen's voice, low but stern, came to
"Mr. O'Hara, you must dismiss Jonas Wilkerson."
Gerald exploded. "And where will I be getting another overseer
who wouldn't be cheating me out of my eyeteeth?"
"He must be dismissed, immediately, tomorrow morning. Big Sam is
a good foreman and he can take over the duties until you can hire
"Ah, ha!" came Gerald's voice. "So, I understand! Then the
worthy Jonas sired the--"
Gone With the Wind