|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
Soon he had set it in order, the dishes on their shelves, the table
clean, the fire in the stove arranged; and all these movements she
followed with a sort of blank mechanical patience. He made a small bundle
for his own journey, tied it behind his saddle, brought her horse beside
a stump. When at his sharp order she came out, he locked his cabin and
hung the key by a window, where travellers could find it and be at home.
She stood looking where her husband had slunk off. Then she laughed.
"It's about his size," she murmured.
Her old lover helped her in silence to mount into the man's saddle--this
they had often done together in former years--and so they took their way
down the silent road. They had not many miles to go, and after the first
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
youngster, that stranger. Meantime, he was leading the way across
the quarter-deck under the poop into the long passage with the door
of the saloon at the far end. It was shut. But Mr. Franklin did
not go so far. After passing the pantry he opened suddenly a door
on the left of the passage, to Powell's great surprise.
"Our mess-room," he said, entering a small cabin painted white,
bare, lighted from part of the foremost skylight, and furnished only
with a table and two settees with movable backs. "That surprises
you? Well, it isn't usual. And it wasn't so in this ship either,
before. It's only since--"
He checked himself again. "Yes. Here we shall feed, you and I,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"You are certainly wrong there," said the traveller. "I can tell
you . . ."
They buried the stranger at the dusk.
XIII. - THE DISTINGUISHED STRANGER.
ONCE upon a time there came to this earth a visitor from a
neighbouring planet. And he was met at the place of his descent by
a great philosopher, who was to show him everything.
First of all they came through a wood, and the stranger looked upon
the trees. "Whom have we here?" said he.
"These are only vegetables," said the philosopher. "They are
|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 Underground City by Jules Verne:
was born, it stands to reason that she knows nothing,
and can comprehend nothing of what exists beyond it.
Her eyes--yes, and perhaps also her heart--have everything
yet to learn. Who can tell what her thoughts will be,
when perfectly new impressions shall be made upon her mind?
As yet she knows nothing of the world, and to me it would
seem like deceiving her, if I led her to decide in ignorance,
upon choosing to remain all her life in the coal mine.
Do you understand me, Jack?"
"Hem!--yes--pretty well. What I understand best is that you
are going to make me miss another turn of the ladder."