|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Start in Life by Honore de Balzac:
said Georges, remembering his adventure with the Comte de Serizy.
"Well, I'll take that place in the interieur."
He cast a glance of examination on Oscar and his mother, but did not
Oscar's skin was now bronzed by the sun of Africa; his moustache was
very thick and his whiskers ample; the hollows in his cheeks and his
strongly marked features were in keeping with his military bearing.
The rosette of an officer of the Legion of honor, his missing arm, the
strict propriety of his dress, would all have diverted Georges
recollections of his former victim if he had had any. As for Madame
Clapart, whom Georges had scarcely seen, ten years devoted to the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
recalling him to the past, produced a sudden clearness in his
mind. Here was a God-sent opportunity!
'My dear,' said he, 'would you like a present of a pretty
The child cried aloud with joy and put out her hands to take
it. She had looked first at the bag, like a true child; but
most unfortunately, before she had yet received the fatal
gift, her eyes fell directly on M'Guire; and no sooner had
she seen the poor gentleman's face, than she screamed out and
leaped backward, as though she had seen the devil. Almost at
the same moment a woman appeared upon the threshold of a
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
the benefits to flow from his efts. He knows his land has need of him; he
knows his own small place and work.
It is possible that not one woman in ten thousand has grasped with
scientific exactitude, and still less could express with verbal sharpness,
the great central conditions which yet compel and animate her into action.
Even the great, central fact, that with each generation the entire race
passes through the body of its womanhood as through a mould, reappearing
with the indelible marks of that mould upon it, that as the os cervix of
woman, through which the head of the human infant passes at birth, forms a
ring, determining for ever the size at birth of the human head, a size
which could only increase if in the course of ages the os cervix of woman
|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 Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:
"I wonder if my goose will be a little lonely," said Tattine, as they all
stood about, watching Patrick nail on the laths.
"Faith and it will thin," said Mrs. Kirk. "It never came to my moind that they
wouldn't all three be together. Here's little Grey-wing to keep Blue-ribbon
company," and Mrs. Kirk seized one of the smaller geese that happened to be
near her, and squeezed it into the cage through the small opening that was
"Well, if you can spare it, I think that is better, Mrs. Kirk, because
everything has a companion over at our place. We have two cats, two pairs of
puppies, two little bay horses, and two greys, and two everything, but as