|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
and came back with the upper half of a dead sapling. With this he began to
prod the bear. Thereupon, Cubby lost no time in getting up to the first
branch again, where he halted.
"Throw the noose on him now--anywhere," ordered the hunter. "An' we've no
time to lose. He's gittin' sassier every minnit."
I dropped the wide loop upon Cubby, expecting to catch him first time. The
rope went over his bead, but with a dexterous flip of his paw he sent it
flying. Then began a duel between us, in which he continually got the
better of me. All the while the old hunter prodded Cubby from below.
"You ain't quick enough," said Hiram, impatiently.
Made reckless by this, I stepped down to another branch directly over the
The Young Forester
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Recruit by Honore de Balzac:
the warnings of the Faculty.
Thanks to her constant care, this son had grown and developed so much,
and so gracefully, that at twenty years of age, he was thought a most
elegant cavalier at Versailles. Madame de Dey possessed a happiness
which does not always crown the efforts and struggles of a mother. Her
son adored her; their souls understood each other with fraternal
sympathy. If they had not been bound by nature's ties, they would
instinctively have felt for each other that friendship of man to man,
which is so rarely to be met in this life. Appointed sub-lieutenant of
dragoons, at the age of eighteen, the young Comte de Dey had obeyed
the point of honor of the period by following the princes of the blood
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
times, and finally flopped down with us into a swamp."
"And that balloon was the A. C.?" suggested Mr. Johnson.
"As President of this Chapter, I prohibit questions," said Eunice.
"And, Enos, don't send up your balloon until the proper time.
Don't anticipate the programme, or the performance will be
"I had almost forgotten that Ned is so much in the dark," her
obedient husband answered. "You can have but a slight notion," he
continued, turning to his friend, "of the extent to which this
sentimental, or transcendental, element in the little circle at
Shelldrake's increased after you left Norridgeport. We read the
|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 Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
saw him ride into the midst of the conflict that day.
Neither did I know, until I heard his battle cry,
whether he would fall upon baron or royalist."
"If that be the truth, Leicester," said the King, with
a note of skepticism which he made studiously apparent,
"hang the dog. He be just without the city even now."
"You be King of England, My Lord Henry. If you
say that he shall be hanged, hanged he shall be," re-
plied De Montfort.
"A dozen courts have already passed sentence upon
him, it only remains to catch him, Leicester," said the
The Outlaw of Torn