|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft:
my own sensations, when rising with health and spirit, and after
scenting the sweet morning, I have met my husband at the breakfast
table. The active attention I had been giving to domestic
regulations, which were generally settled before he rose, or a
walk, gave a glow to my countenance, that contrasted with his
squallid appearance. The squeamishness of stomach alone, produced
by the last night's intemperance, which he took no pains to conceal,
destroyed my appetite. I think I now see him lolling in an arm-chair,
in a dirty powdering gown, soiled linen, ungartered stockings, and
tangled hair, yawning and stretching himself. The newspaper was
immediately called for, if not brought in on the tea-board, from
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
sword from its sheath, handed it to an obliging
young man who stood near, and smoothed his
suede glove on his right hand.
"'Everything must be done according to rule,'
he said with a smile. He took the hand of his
daughter, and stood one-quarter turned, waiting
for the music.
"At the first sound of the mazurka, he stamped
one foot smartly, threw the other forward, and,
at first slowly and smoothly, then buoyantly and
impetuously, with stamping of feet and clicking of
The Forged Coupon
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
you really from the wonderful Land of Oz?"
"Yes. Ever been there, my dear?"
"No; but I've heard about it. And do you know
"Very well indeed."
"And--and Princess Dorothy?"
"Dorothy's an old chum of mine," declared
"Dear me!" exclaimed Betsy. "And why did
you ever leave such a beautiful land as Oz?"
"On an errand," said Shaggy, looking sad and
Tik-Tok of Oz
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
little circumstance might perhaps be better kept between
ourselves. Mrs Pitman--my dear Sir, I assure you there is nothing
dishonourable in my secrecy; the reasons are domestic, merely
domestic; and I may set your conscience at rest when I assure you
all the circumstances are known to our common friend, your
excellent nephew, Mr Michael, who has not withdrawn from me his
'A word is enough, Mr Pitman,' said Joseph, with one of his
Half an hour later, the drawing-master found Michael in bed and
reading a book, the picture of good-humour and repose.