|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Case of The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
crime by committing another. I myself would naturally not listen
to your suggestion for a moment, but I am also convinced that Mr.
Thorne, to whom you are so devoted, and who, I acknowledge, pleased
me the very first sight I had of him - I am convinced that he would
not agree for a moment to any such solution of the problem."
"Then I can only hope that you will not find him in Venice,"
replied Mrs. Bernauer, with utter despair in her voice and eyes.
"I am not at all certain that I will find him in Venice when I
leave here to-morrow morning," said Muller calmly.
"Oh! then you don't want to find him! Oh God! how good, how
inexpressibly good you are," stammered the woman, seizing at some
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
people to be stroked. It's my nature. I'm born out of my time. And yet,
you know, I'm not a COMMON woman. I like men to adore me--to flatter me--
even to make love to me--but I would never give myself to any man. I would
never let a man kiss me... even."
"It's immeasurably worse--you've no legitimate excuse. Why, even a
prostitute has a greater sense of generosity!"
"I know," she said, "I know perfectly well--but I can't help the way I'm
built...Are you going?"
He put on his gloves.
"Well," he said, "what's going to happen to us now?"
Again she shrugged her shoulders.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
you recognise in me (what I shall be) the first perfect
expression of the powers of mankind - I shall be able to
laugh with a better grace at your passing and natural
incredulity. To what can you aspire - fame, riches, power,
the charm of youth, the dear-bought wisdom of age - that I
shall not be able to afford you in perfection? Do not
deceive yourself. I already excel you in every human gift
but one: when that gift also has been restored to me you
will recognise your master.'
Hereupon, consulting his watch, he told me he must now leave
me to myself; and bidding me consult reason, and not girlish
|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 Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers by Jonathan Swift:
once of the opinion with those who despise all predictions from
the stars, till the year 1686, a man of quality shew'd me,
written in his album, That the most learned astronomer, Captain
H. assured him, he would never believe any thing of the stars'
influence, if there were not a great revolution in England in the
year 1688. Since that time I began to have other thoughts, and
after eighteen years diligent study and application, I think I
have no reason to repent of my pains. I shall detain the reader
no longer, than to let him know, that the account I design to
give of next year's events, shall take in the principal affairs
that happen in Europe; and if I be denied the liberty of offering