|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lemorne Versus Huell by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard:
shall probably meet, Mr. Uxbridge. I saw him to-day. He asked
permission to visit me."
"Let him come."
"He will come."
But we did not see him either at the hotel or when we went
abroad. Aunt Eliza rode with me each afternoon, and each morning we
went to the beach. She engaged me every moment when at home, and I
faithfully performed all my tasks. I clapped to the door on self-
investigation--locked it against any analysis or reasoning upon any
circumstance connected with Mr. Uxbridge. The only piece of
treachery to my code that I was guilty of was the putting of the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Padre Ignacio by Owen Wister:
genius again." And the exile sighed and his spirit voyaged to distant
places, while Gaston continued brilliantly with the music of the final
Then the host remembered his guest. "I am ashamed of my selfishness," he
said. "It is already to-morrow."
"I have sat later in less good company," answered the pleasant Gaston.
"And I shall sleep all the sounder for making a convert."
"You have dispensed roadside alms," said the Padre, smiling, "and that
should win excellent dreams."
Thus, with courtesies more elaborate than the world has time for at the
present day, they bade each other good-night and parted, bearing their
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
HERODIAS. Je suis bien contente que vous soyez de si belle humeur,
ce soir. Ce n'est pas dans vos habitudes. Mais il est tard.
Rentrons. Vous n'oubliez pas qu'au lever du soleil nous allons tous
e la chasse. Aux ambassadeurs de Cesar il faut faire tout honneur,
LE SECOND SOLDAT. Comme il a l'air sombre, le tetrarque.
LE PREMIER SOLDAT. Oui, il a l'air sombre.
HERODE. Salome, Salome, dansez pour moi. Je vous supplie de danser
pour moi. Ce soir je suis triste. Oui, je suis tres triste ce
soir. Quand je suis entre ici, j'ai glisse dans le sang, ce qui est
d'un mauvais presage, et j'ai entendu, je suis sur que j'ai entendu
|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 Euthyphro by Plato:
is the more extended notion of which piety is only a part. Do you dissent?
EUTHYPHRO: No, I think that you are quite right.
SOCRATES: Then, if piety is a part of justice, I suppose that we should
enquire what part? If you had pursued the enquiry in the previous cases;
for instance, if you had asked me what is an even number, and what part of
number the even is, I should have had no difficulty in replying, a number
which represents a figure having two equal sides. Do you not agree?
EUTHYPHRO: Yes, I quite agree.
SOCRATES: In like manner, I want you to tell me what part of justice is
piety or holiness, that I may be able to tell Meletus not to do me
injustice, or indict me for impiety, as I am now adequately instructed by