|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
thou singest, Little John? Is it not thus?
"_For when my love's eyes do thine, do thine,
And when her lips smile so rare,
The day it is jocund and fine, so fine,
Though let it be wet or be fair
And when the stout ale is all flowing so fast,
Our sorrows and troubles are things of the past_."
"Nay," said Friar Tuck piously, "ye do think of profane things and of
nought else; yet, truly, there be better safeguards against care and woe
than ale drinking and bright eyes, to wit, fasting and meditation.
Look upon me, have I the likeness of a sorrowful man?"
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson:
hour of the siesta; but there were loiterers abroad, and these
directed us to a closed house on the bank of the canal where
Tebureimoa lay unguarded. We entered without ceremony, being in
some haste. He lay on the floor upon a bed of mats, reading in his
Gilbert Island Bible with compunction. On our sudden entrance the
unwieldy man reared himself half-sitting so that the Bible rolled
on the floor, stared on us a moment with blank eyes, and, having
recognised his visitors, sank again upon the mats. So Eglon looked
The justice of facts is strange, and strangely just; Nakaeia, the
author of these deeds, died at peace discoursing on the craft of
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
"Nothing of the kind! Not two in a million could 'a' done it.
You are a very remarkable boy."
Then they let go and give Tom another smashing round,
and he--well, he wouldn't 'a' sold out for a silver mine.
Then the judge says:
"But are you certain you've got this curious history straight?"
"Perfectly, your honor. Here is Brace Dunlap--let him deny
his share of it if he wants to take the chance; I'll engage
to make him wish he hadn't said anything...... Well,
you see HE'S pretty quiet. And his brother's pretty quiet,
and them four witnesses that lied so and got paid for it,
|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 Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
to pick needless quarrels and to resort to his sword for
the slightest, or for no provocation at all. So, for this
reason, he drank but seldom since he always regretted
the things he did under the promptings of that other
self which only could assert its ego when reason was
threatened with submersion.
Often on these evenings the company was enter-
tained by stories from the wild, roving lives of its
own members. Tales of adventure, love, war and death
in every known corner of the world; and the ten cap-
tains told, each, his story of how he came to be of
The Outlaw of Torn