|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte:
I had sought relief twice or thrice at this secret source of
consolation; and now I flew to it again, with greater avidity than
ever, because I seemed to need it more. I still preserve those
relics of past sufferings and experience, like pillars of witness
set up in travelling through the vale of life, to mark particular
occurrences. The footsteps are obliterated now; the face of the
country may be changed; but the pillar is still there, to remind me
how all things were when it was reared. Lest the reader should be
curious to see any of these effusions, I will favour him with one
short specimen: cold and languid as the lines may seem, it was
almost a passion of grief to which they owed their being:-
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
the sphere of Art is the sole secret of creation. He understood
the leprosy of the leper, the darkness of the blind, the fierce
misery of those who live for pleasure, the strange poverty of the
rich. Some one wrote to me in trouble, 'When you are not on your
pedestal you are not interesting.' How remote was the writer from
what Matthew Arnold calls 'the Secret of Jesus.' Either would have
taught him that whatever happens to another happens to oneself, and
if you want an inscription to read at dawn and at night-time, and
for pleasure or for pain, write up on the walls of your house in
letters for the sun to gild and the moon to silver, 'Whatever
happens to oneself happens to another.'
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
bounds, mademoiselle," she added, aloud, addressing Ginevra.
The Italian pretended not to hear; perhaps she really did not hear.
She rose abruptly; walked with a certain deliberation along the side
of the partition which separated the adjoining closet from the studio,
and seemed to be examining the sash through which her light came,--
giving so much importance to it that she mounted a chair to raise the
green serge, which intercepted the light, much higher. Reaching that
height, her eye was on a level with a slight opening in the partition,
the real object of her efforts, for the glance that she cast through
it can be compared only to that of a miser discovering Aladdin's
treasure. Then she sprang down hastily and returned to her place,
|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 Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
acts of heroism had strengthened their regard.
"Jonathan, this looks like some of Girty's work. I wish I knew the truth,"
said Col. Zane, as he, his brothers and Betty and Myeerah entered the house.
"Confound it! We can't have even one afternoon of enjoyment. I must see Lewis.
I cannot be sure of Clarke. He is evidently bitter against Miller. That would
have been a terrible fight. Those fellows have had trouble before, and I am
afraid we have not seen the last of their quarrel."
"If they meet again--but how can you keep them apart?" said Silas. "If Miller
leaves the Fort without killing Clarke he'll hide around in the woods and wait
for a chance to shoot him."
"Not with Wetzel here," answered Col. Zane. "Betty, do you see what your--" he