|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tour Through Eastern Counties of England by Daniel Defoe:
war; during which, or rather after the heat of the war was over, it
suffered a severe siege, which, the garrison making a resolute
defence, was turned into a blockade, in which the garrison and
inhabitants also suffered the utmost extremity of hunger, and were
at last obliged to surrender at discretion, when their two chief
officers, Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle, were shot to
death under the castle wall. The inhabitants had a tradition that
no grass would grow upon the spot where the blood of those two
gallant gentlemen was spilt, and they showed the place bare of
grass for many years; but whether for this reason I will not
affirm. The story is now dropped, and the grass, I suppose, grows
|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:
long course of the dumb ague. But since you are so
compassionate - an errand that I lack the strength to carry
out,' he gasped - 'this bag to Portman Square. Oh,
compassionate woman, as you hope to be saved, as you are a
mother, in the name of your babes that wait to welcome you at
home, oh, take this bag to Portman Square! I have a mother,
too,' he added, with a broken voice. 'Number 19, Portman
I suppose he had expressed himself with too much energy of
voice; for the woman was plainly taken with a certain fear of
him. 'Poor gentleman!' said she. 'If I were you, I would go
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton:
the oldest; I have to look after things," she hastened on, half
pained that her simple ruse should so readily deceive him.
"Well, I guess you're active enough for me," he persisted.
His calm determination began to frighten her; she trembled lest her
own should be less staunch.
"No, no," she repeated, feeling the tears on her lashes. "I
couldn't, Mr. Ramy, I couldn't marry. I'm so surprised.
I always thought it was Evelina--always. And so did everybody
else. She's so bright and pretty--it seemed so natural."
"Well, you was all mistaken," said Mr. Ramy obstinately.
"I'm so sorry."
|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 Voice of the City by O. Henry:
one addressed me."
"The destroyer of your mind," said I, "stood
above you just now and marked you for his victim.
You are not blind or deaf."
"I recognized no such person," said Kerner. "I
have seen no one but you at this table. Sit down.
Hereafter you shall have no more absinthe drips."
"Wait here," said I, furious; "if you don't care
for your own life, I will save it for you."
I hurried out and overtook the man in gray half-
way down the block. He looked as I bad seen him in
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