|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Common Sense by Thomas Paine:
ye do not believe what ye profess, or have not virtue enough to practise
what ye believe.
The principles of Quakerism have a direct tendency to make a man
the quiet and inoffensive subject of any, and every government
WHICH IS SET OVER HIM. And if the setting up and putting down of kings
and governments is God's peculiar prerogative, he most certainly
will not be robbed thereof by us: wherefore, the principle itself leads
you to approve of every thing, which ever happened, or may happen to kings
as being his work. OLIVER CROMWELL thanks you. CHARLES, then, died not
by the hands of man; and should the present Proud Imitator of him,
come to the same untimely end, the writers and publishers of the Testimony,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
though Loria handles the bipartition of the revenues with scrupulous care, he
yet omits one important factor, namely--"
"Yes," I said absently; "yes."
THE elevator boy smiled knowingly to him self. When he took her up, he had
noted the sparkle in her eyes, the color in her cheeks. His little cage had
quite warmed with the glow of her repressed eagerness. And now, on the down
trip, it was glacier-like. The sparkle and the color were gone. She was
frowning, and what little he could see of her eyes was cold and steel-gray.
Oh, he knew the symptoms, he did. He was an observer, and he knew it, too, and
some day, when he was big enough, he was going to be a reporter, sure. And in
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain:
Manufactures and Miscreants
WHERE the river, in the Vicksburg region, used to be corkscrewed,
it is now comparatively straight--made so by cut-off;
a former distance of seventy miles is reduced to thirty-five. It
is a change which threw Vicksburg's neighbor, Delta, Louisiana,
out into the country and ended its career as a river town.
Its whole river-frontage is now occupied by a vast sand-bar,
thickly covered with young trees--a growth which will magnify
itself into a dense forest by-and-bye, and completely hide
the exiled town.
In due time we passed Grand Gulf and Rodney, of war fame, and reached Natchez,
|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 The Complete Poems of Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Make us a byword; call us in derision
The silly folk of Sychar. Sir, how is it
Thou askest drink of me?
If thou hadst known
The gift of God, and who it is that sayeth
Give me to drink, thou wouldst have asked of Him;
He would have given thee the living water.
Sir, thou hast naught to draw with, and the well
Is deep ! Whence hast thou living water?