|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift:
yard's distance, looking for worms and other food, with as much
indifference and security as if no creature at all were near
them. I remember, a thrush had the confidence to snatch out of my
hand, with his bill, a of cake that Glumdalclitch had just given
me for my breakfast. When I attempted to catch any of these
birds, they would boldly turn against me, endeavouring to peck my
fingers, which I durst not venture within their reach; and then
they would hop back unconcerned, to hunt for worms or snails, as
they did before. But one day, I took a thick cudgel, and threw
it with all my strength so luckily, at a linnet, that I knocked
him down, and seizing him by the neck with both my hands, ran
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
upon the island had wrought, filling his face with innocence.
By and by they made their nooning. In the afternoon she would
have explored the nearer woods with him, or walked up the stream.
But since this was to be their camp during several days, he made
it more complete. He fashioned a rough bench and a table; around
their tent he built a tall wind-break for better shelter in case
of storm; and for the fire he gathered and cut much wood, and
piled it up. So they were provided for, and so for six days and
nights they stayed, finding no day or night long enough.
Once his hedge of boughs did them good service, for they had an
afternoon of furious storm. The wind rocked the pines and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Essays & Lectures by Oscar Wilde:
as to their commerce. Free criticism is as unknown as free trade.
While as regards the Hindus, their acute, analytical and logical
mind is directed rather to grammar, criticism and philosophy than
to history or chronology. Indeed, in history their imagination
seems to have run wild, legend and fact are so indissolubly mingled
together that any attempt to separate them seems vain. If we
except the identification of the Greek Sandracottus with the Indian
Chandragupta, we have really no clue by which we can test the truth
of their writings or examine their method of investigation.
It is among the Hellenic branch of the Indo-Germanic race that
history proper is to be found, as well as the spirit of historical
|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 At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
you. If I had known it, I would never had given my daughter to a man
who followed such a trade. Religion forbids such horrors; they are
immoral. And at what time of night do you say he comes home?"
"At one o'clock--two----"
The old folks looked at each other in utter amazement.
"Then he gambles?" said Monsieur Guillaume. "In my day only gamblers
stayed out so late."
Augustine made a face that scorned the accusation.
"He must keep you up through dreadful nights waiting for him," said
Madame Guillaume. "But you go to bed, don't you? And when he has lost,
the wretch wakes you."