|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
stuff long ago," said another man, rising from his chair and
preparing to leave.
"Well, let's not pursue this pointless discussion," the
host said. "Our guest apparently knows nothing of science, and
is impervious to logic and to the considered opinion of the best
minds of our nation. There's nothing left to do but adjourn."
The meeting began to break up, and the traveler was putting on
his coat when the man with the pipe made one last attempt to
reason with him.
"We are all scientists here, all educated men. All of us
agree that it is impossible for a heavier-than-air device to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre:
cocoon would not be in keeping with the unconcern displayed by the
majority. I find some who lay their eggs in an open burrow; I come
upon some who weave their cocoon and cram it with eggs in the open
air, before they even own a residence. In short, I do not succeed
in fathoming the reasons that cause the burrow to be closed, no
matter what the weather, hot or cold, wet or dry.
The fact remains that the lid is broken and repaired repeatedly,
sometimes on the same day. In spite of the earthy casing, the silk
woof gives it the requisite pliancy to cleave when pushed by the
anchorite and to rip open without falling into ruins. Swept back
to the circumference of the mouth and increased by the wreckage of
The Life of the Spider
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker:
had been broad daylight. For Adam, there was just sufficient green
light from somewhere for him to see that there was a broad flight of
heavy stone steps leading upward; but Lady Arabella, after shutting
the door behind her, when it closed tightly without a clang, tripped
up the steps lightly and swiftly. For an instant all was dark, but
there came again the faint green light which enabled him to see the
outlines of things. Another iron door, narrow like the first and
fairly high, led into another large room, the walls of which were of
massive stones, so closely joined together as to exhibit only one
smooth surface. This presented the appearance of having at one time
been polished. On the far side, also smooth like the walls, was the
Lair of the White Worm
|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 Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy:
over the distant stalls. "Can you call to mind," she said
cautiously to the old woman, "the sale of a wife by her
husband in your tent eighteen years ago to-day?"
The hag reflected, and half shook her head. "If it had been
a big thing I should have minded it in a moment," she said.
"I can mind every serious fight o' married parties, every
murder, every manslaughter, even every pocket-picking--
leastwise large ones--that 't has been my lot to witness.
But a selling? Was it done quiet-like?"
"Well, yes. I think so."
The furmity woman half shook her head again. "And yet," she
The Mayor of Casterbridge