|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:
cowboy!" And she glanced at Lin. "They're calling forty-seven," she added
to the agent.
"That's me," he said, coming out to the telegraph instrument. "So you're
one of us?"
"I didn't know forty-seven meant Separ," said I. "How in the world do you
"I didn't. I heard forty-seven, forty-seven, forty-seven, start and go
right along, so I guessed they wanted him, and he couldn't hear them from
"Can yu' do astronomy and Spanish too?" inquired the proud and smiling
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
I like to see you work."
Charlotte took up her variegated canvas, and began to draw
vague blue stitches in a big round rose. "If Gertrude is so--
so strange," she said, "why do you want to marry her?"
"Ah, that 's it, dear Charlotte! I like strange women;
I always have liked them. Ask Eugenia! And Gertrude is wonderful;
she says the most beautiful things!"
Charlotte looked at him, almost for the first time,
as if her meaning required to be severely pointed.
"You have a great influence over her. "
"Yes--and no!" said Felix. "I had at first, I think;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Princess by Alfred Tennyson:
And on the hither side, or so she looked,
Of twenty summers. At her left, a child,
In shining draperies, headed like a star,
Her maiden babe, a double April old,
Aglaļa slept. We sat: the Lady glanced:
Then Florian, but not livelier than the dame
That whispered 'Asses' ears', among the sedge,
'My sister.' 'Comely, too, by all that's fair,'
Said Cyril. 'Oh hush, hush!' and she began.
'This world was once a fluid haze of light,
Till toward the centre set the starry tides,
|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 Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
calm justice, necessary for ascertaining the facts, or their awful
and divine certainty when once ascertained.
[But these philosophers (it will be said) hated all religion.
Before that question can be fairly discussed, it is surely right to
consider what form of religion that was which they found working
round them in France, and on the greater part of the Continent. The
quality thereof may have surely had something to do (as they
themselves asserted) with that "sort of rage" with which (to use M.
de Tocqueville's words) "the Christian religion was attacked in
M. de Tocqueville is of opinion (and his opinion is likely to be