|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine and Mucedorus by William Shakespeare:
Tell me, Assarachus, are the Cornish chuffes
In such great number come to Mertia?
And have they pitched there their petty host,
So close unto our royal mansion?
They are, my Lord, and mean incontinent
To bid defiance to your majesty.
It makes me laugh, to think that Gwendoline
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac:
There was a moment's silence.
"Well," resumed the goodman, who no doubt had some reason of his own
for agreeing to his wife's request, "I'll do what you ask, Madame
Grandet. You are a good woman, and I don't want any harm to happen to
you at your time of life,--though as a general thing the Bertellieres
are as sound as a roach. Hein! isn't that so?" he added after a pause.
"Well, I forgive them; we got their property in the end." And he
"You are very gay this morning, monsieur," said the poor woman
"I'm always gay,--
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson:
he should be brought under restraint - Sir William, I am no fit
judge," I concluded.
"I will be the judge," said he. "I ask for facts. Was there, in
all that jargon, any word of truth or sanity? Do you hesitate?" he
asked. "Am I to understand you have buried this gentleman before?"
"Not buried," said I; and then, taking up courage at last, "Sir
William," said I, "unless I were to tell you a long story, which
much concerns a noble family (and myself not in the least), it
would be impossible to make this matter clear to you. Say the
word, and I will do it, right or wrong. And, at any rate, I will
say so much, that my lord is not so crazy as he seems. This is a
|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 Virginian by Owen Wister:
illustration which you will find it a trifle more embarrassing to
answer. Consider carefully, let me beg you, the case of a young
man and a young woman who walk out of a door on Tuesday,
pronounced man and wife by a third party inside the door. It
matters not that on Monday they were, in their own hearts,
sacredly vowed to each other. If they had omitted stepping inside
that door, if they had dispensed with that third party, and gone
away on Monday sacredly vowed to each other in their own hearts,
you would have scarcely found their conduct moral. Consider these
things carefully,--the sign-post and the third party,--and the
difference they make. And now, for a finish, we will return to