|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
he added quickly, gallantly: "You'll be giving us something new?
It's a long time, isn't it?" Now he remembered him right.
"Rather long. I'm very slow." Paul explained. "I met you at
Summersoft a long time ago."
"Oh yes - with Henry St. George. I remember very well. Before his
poor wife - " General Fancourt paused a moment, smiling a little
less. "I dare say you know."
"About Mrs. St. George's death? Certainly - I heard at the time."
"Oh no, I mean - I mean he's to be married."
"Ah I've not heard that!" But just as Paul was about to add "To
whom?" the General crossed his intention.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
I like his cough-drops twice as much.
The Kind Moon
I think the moon is very kind
To take such trouble just for me.
He came along with me from home
To keep me company.
He went as fast as I could run;
I wonder how he crossed the sky?
I'm sure he hasn't legs and feet
Or any wings to fly.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac:
A little girl, employed, no doubt, to watch the house, though she was
picking and eating fruit in the garden, heard the steps of a man with
creaking shoes on the great square flags of the ground-floor rooms.
She ran in to see who it was. Confused at being caught by a priest
with a fruit in one hand and another in her mouth, she made no answer
to the questions of the handsome young abbe. She had never imagined
such an abbe,--dapper and spruce as hands could make him, in dazzling
linen and fine black cloth without spot or wrinkle.
"Monsieur Bonnet?" she said at last. "Monsieur Bonnet is saying mass,
and Mademoiselle Ursule is at church."
The Abbe Gabriel did not notice a covered way from the house to the
|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 Salome by Oscar Wilde:
tiares de differentes couleurs? Ou est celle qui s'est abandonnee
aux jeunes hommes d'Egypte qui sont vetus de lin et d'hyacinthe, et
portent des boucliers d'or et des casques d'argent, et qui ont de
grand corps? Dites-lui de se lever de la couche de son impudicite,
de sa couche incestueuse, afin qu'elle puisse entendre les paroles
de celui qui prepare la voie du Seigneur; afin qu'elle se repente de
ses peches. Quoiqu'elle ne se repentira jamais, mais restera dans
ses abominations, dites-lui de venir, car le Seigneur a son fleau
dans la main.
SALOME. Mais il est terrible, il est terrible.
LE JEUNE SYRIEN. Ne restez pas ici, princesse, je vous en prie.