|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Persuasion by Jane Austen:
An account of the concert was immediately claimed; and Anne's recollections
of the concert were quite happy enough to animate her features
and make her rejoice to talk of it. All that she could tell
she told most gladly, but the all was little for one who had been there,
and unsatisfactory for such an enquirer as Mrs Smith, who had
already heard, through the short cut of a laundress and a waiter,
rather more of the general success and produce of the evening
than Anne could relate, and who now asked in vain for several particulars
of the company. Everybody of any consequence or notoriety in Bath
was well know by name to Mrs Smith.
"The little Durands were there, I conclude," said she, "with their mouths
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:
By heauen I will teare thee ioynt by ioynt,
And strew this hungry Churchyard with thy limbs:
The time, and my intents are sauage wilde:
More fierce and more inexorable farre,
Them emptie Tygers, or the roaring Sea
Pet. I will be gone sir, and not trouble you
Ro. So shalt thou shew me friendship: take thou that,
Liue and be prosperous, and farewell good fellow
Pet. For all this same, Ile hide me here about,
His lookes I feare, and his intents I doubt
Rom. Thou detestable mawe, thou wombe of death,
Romeo and Juliet
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Pericles by William Shakespeare:
Lords, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates, Fishermen, and
GOWER, as Chorus.
SCENE: Dispersedly in various countries.
[Before the palace of Antioch.]
To sing a song that old was sung,
From ashes ancient Gower is come;
|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 Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
their land and their women that we want, it's them to be our brothers and
love us. If you'll only let me go, sir, I'll go and make peace; give the
man to me, sir!'" The Colonial shook with laughter.
"What did the Captain say?" asked the Englishman.
"The Captain; well, you know the smallest thing sets him off swearing all
round the world; but he just stood there with his arms hanging down at each
side of him, and his eyes staring, and his face getting redder and redder:
and all he could say was, 'My Gawd! my Gawd!' I thought he'd burst. And
Halket stood there looking straight in front of him, as though he didn't
see a soul of us all there."
"What did the Captain do?"