|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
arranged them in separate files, according to the character of
their contents. Then I rearranged these latter in the order of
time, so far as it was indicated; and afterwards commenced the work
of picking out and threading together whatever facts might be
noted. The first thing I ascertained, or rather conjectured, was
that the man's life might be divided into three very distinct
phases, the first ending in Breslau, the second in Poland, and the
third and final one in America. Thereupon I once again rearranged
the material, and attacked that which related to the first phase.
It consisted of the following papers: Three letters, in a female
hand, commencing "My dear brother," and terminating with "Thy
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey:
loosely, without contortion.
In a flash all was reality for Duane. He went forward and held
his gun ready for the slightest movement on the part of Bain.
But Bain lay upon his back, and all that moved were his breast
and his eyes. How strangely the red had left his face--and also
the distortion! The devil that had showed in Bain was gone. He
was sober and conscious. He tried to speak, but failed. His
eyes expressed something pitifully human. They
Duane drew a deep breath and sheathed his gun. He felt calm and
cool, glad the fray was over. One violent expression burst from
The Lone Star Ranger
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from St. Ives by Robert Louis Stevenson:
present is that you resemble him, and that is much more than
enough. If it were possible, it would be well he should not know
you were in the house.'
'Quite impossible, depend upon it,' said I. 'Some of the servants
are directly in his interests, perhaps in his pay: Dawson, for an
'My own idea!' cried Romaine. 'And at least,' he added, as the
first of the chaises drew up with a dash in front of the portico,
'it is now too late. Here he is.'
We stood listening, with a strange anxiety, to the various noises
that awoke in the silent house: the sound of doors opening and
|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 School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan:
MOSES. 'Tis a good bargain.
CHARLES. Careless!--This, now, is a grandfather of my mother's,
a learned judge, well known on the western circuit,--What do you
rate him at, Moses?
MOSES. Four guineas.
CHARLES. Four guineas! Gad's life, you don't bid me the price
of his wig.--Mr. Premium, you have more respect for the woolsack;
do let us knock his lordship down at fifteen.
SIR OLIVER. By all means.
CHARLES. And there are two brothers of his, William and Walter Blunt,