|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
"And the Lancaster girls found out," continued Eudora, calmly.
"They gave me something to eat, and I suppose I ate as if I were
famished. I was."
"And they wanted to give me money, but I would not take it, and
they had been trying to find a laundress for their finer
linen--their old serving-woman was ill. They could find one for
the heavier things, but they are very particular, and I was sure
I could manage, and so I begged them to let me have the work, and
they did, and overpaid me, I fear. And I--I knew very well how
many spying eyes were about, and I thought of my proud father and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Nana, Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille by Emile Zola:
movement of the shoulders. They talked for a short time, and the
Universal Exhibition was mentioned.
"It will be very fine," said the count, whose square-cut, regular-
featured face retained a certain gravity.
"I visited the Champ de Mars today and returned thence truly
"They say that things won't be ready in time," La Faloise ventured
to remark. "There's infinite confusion there--"
But the count interrupted him in his severe voice:
"Things will be ready. The emperor desires it."
Fauchery gaily recounted how one day, when he had gone down thither
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
eat, let us all remain
quiet and allow him to sleep; for it is said that in sleep a mortal may
forget even hunger."
"Thank you!" exclaimed Tip, gratefully. "Your Majesty is fully as good as
you are wise -- and that is saying a good deal!"
He then stretched himself upon the grass and, using the stuffed form of the
Scarecrow for a pillow, was presently fast asleep.
120 Full page line-art drawing.
121 A Nickel-Plated Emperor
The Marvelous Land 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 Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
of European fame--the only purveyor who can vie with the Rocher de
Cancale in a real and delicious Revue des deux Mondes.
Well, every day in Paris a hundred or more passions a la Nucingen come
into being, and find expression in offering such rarities as queens
dare not purchase, presented, kneeling, to baggages who, to use Asie's
word, like to cut a dash. But for these little details, a decent
citizen would be puzzled to conceive how a fortune melts in the hands
of these women, whose social function, in Fourier's scheme, is perhaps
to rectify the disasters caused by avarice and cupidity. Such
squandering is, no doubt, to the social body what a prick of the
lancet is to a plethoric subject. In two months Nucingen had shed