|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
that I should have had to wade water, even were it so crystal
a stream as this, I had donned other clothes than I have upon me.
But no matter now, for after all a wetting will not wash the skin away,
and what must be, must. But bide ye here, lads, for I would
enjoy this merry adventure alone. Nevertheless, listen well,
and if ye hear me sound upon my bugle horn, come quickly."
So saying, he turned and left them, striding onward alone.
Robin had walked no farther than where the bend of the road
hid his good men from his view, when he stopped suddenly,
for he thought that he heard voices. He stood still and listened,
and presently heard words passed back and forth betwixt what seemed
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
The power expressed in this man's body seemed intensified in his features.
His face was white and cold, his jaw square and set; his coal-black eyes
glittered with almost a superhuman fire. And his hair, darker than the wing of
a crow, fell far below his shoulders; matted and tangled as it was, still it
hung to his waist, and had it been combed out, must have reached his knees.
One long moment Wingenund stood facing his foe, and then over the multitude
and through the valley rolled his sonorous voice:
"Deathwind dies at dawn!"
The hunter was tied to a tree and left in view of the Indian populace. The
children ran fearfully by; the braves gazed long at the great foe of their
race; the warriors passed in gloomy silence. The savages' tricks of torture,
The Spirit of the Border
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
small, and he includes the man; the brain is narrow, and it
harbours thought; the eye is but a point, and it covers leagues.
Two days after, the sale was ended. It had produced 3.50,000
francs. The creditors divided among them two thirds, and the
family, a sister and a grand-nephew, received the remainder.
The sister opened her eyes very wide when the lawyer wrote to her
that she had inherited 50,000 francs. The girl had not seen her
sister for six or seven years, and did not know what had become
of her from the moment when she had disappeared from home. She
came up to Paris in haste, and great was the astonishment of
|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 Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
lingers,--I have no heart to undertake real work; I am like a
traveller who, having arrived before the hour when the diligence
starts, does not know what to do with his person nor how to spend his
time. You will not complain, I think, that I turn this enforced /far
niente/ to the profit of our correspondence; and now that I am thus at
leisure, I shall take up two points in your last letter which did not
seem to me of sufficient importance to pay much attention to at the
time: I refer to your warning that my parliamentary pretensions did
not meet the approval of Monsieur Bixiou; and to your suggestion that
I might expose myself to falling in love with Madame de l'Estorade--if
I were not in love with her already. Let us discuss, in the first