|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
'I can hear the frying-pan a-fizzing as naterel as life,' said
'Yes, it is remarkable,' said Mr. Smith.
'Very peculiar, very peculiar,' echoed the vicar; and they all
then followed the path up the hill, bounded on each side by a
little stone wall, from which gleamed fragments of quartz and
blood-red marbles, apparently of inestimable value, in their
setting of brown alluvium. Stephen walked with the dignity of a
man close to the horse's head, Worm stumbled along a stone's throw
in the rear, and Elfride was nowhere in particular, yet
everywhere; sometimes in front, sometimes behind, sometimes at the
A Pair of Blue Eyes
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
"We'll have many things to go over together. And among them, I
expect, will be whether we are to stay in the land at all.... But
first let us get home."
"How far is it now?"
"It is right in front of you," said Oceaxe, pointing with her
forefinger. "You can see it."
He followed the direction of the finger and, after a few questions,
made out the spot she was indicating. It was a broad peninsula,
about two miles distant. Three of its sides rose sheer out of a lake
of air, the bottom of which was invisible; its fourth was a
bottleneck, joining it to the mainland. It was overgrown with bright
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
For when the west wind courts her gently,
How modestly she blowes, and paints the Sun,
With her chaste blushes! When the North comes neere her,
Rude and impatient, then, like Chastity,
Shee lockes her beauties in her bud againe,
And leaves him to base briers.
Yet, good Madam,
Sometimes her modesty will blow so far
She fals for't: a Mayde,
If shee have any honour, would be loth
|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 Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
new man, marry him, get tired and quit, travel, catch on--"
"One moment, I beg," said Ogden, adjusting his glasses. "What does the
"Law?" said the Governor. "Look at that place!" He swept his hand towards
the vast plains and the mountains. "Ninety-five thousand square miles of
that, and sixty thousand people in it. We haven't got policemen yet on
top of the Rocky Mountains."
"I see," said the New-Yorker. "But--but--well let A and B represent
first and second husbands, and X represent the woman. Now, does A know
about B? or does B know about A? And what do they do about it?"
"Can't say," the Governor answered, jovially. "Can't generalize. Depends