|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
any terms whatever, lest, forsooth, he should suffer. But no
matter; she must ride on my palfrey, and I must walk by her side
until I come by another horse. There will be no pursuit, if you,
pretty Mistress Janet, forget not thy lesson."
"No more than the wise widow of Tekoa forgot the words which Joab
put into her mouth," answered Janet. "Tomorrow, I say that my
lady is unable to rise."
"Ay; and that she hath aching and heaviness of the head a
throbbing at the heart, and lists not to be disturbed. Fear not;
they will take the hint, and trouble thee with few questions--
they understand the disease,"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
His eye was of a clear, cold gray, and save for a rather
abundant mustache he was clean-shaved. He had the flat jaw
and sinewy neck which are frequent in the American type;
but the traces of national origin are a matter of expression even
more than of feature, and it was in this respect that our friend's
countenance was supremely eloquent. The discriminating observer
we have been supposing might, however, perfectly have measured
its expressiveness, and yet have been at a loss to describe it.
It had that typical vagueness which is not vacuity,
that blankness which is not simplicity, that look of being
committed to nothing in particular, of standing in an attitude
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
Bothwell's loyal affection, that he has the Stewart right of
birth as well as the Act of Succession in his favour."
"Perhaps my attachment, were its source of consequence, might be
found warmer for the union of the rights you mention," said Aunt
Margaret; "but, upon my word, it would be as sincere if the
King's right were founded only on the will of the nation, as
declared at the Revolution. I am none of your JURE DIVINO
"And a Jacobite notwithstanding."
"And a Jacobite notwithstanding--or rather, I will give you leave
to call me one of the party which, in Queen Anne's time, were
|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 Tanach:
Exodus 22: 9 (22:8) For every matter of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, whereof one saith: 'This is it,' the cause of both parties shall come before God; he whom God shall condemn shall pay double unto his neighbour.
Exodus 22: 10 (22:9) If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep, and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it;
Exodus 22: 11 (22:10) the oath of the LORD shall be between them both, to see whether he have not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods; and the owner thereof shall accept it, and he shall not make restitution.
Exodus 22: 12 (22:11) But if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.
Exodus 22: 13 (22:12) If it be torn in pieces, let him bring it for witness; he shall not make good that which was torn.
Exodus 22: 14 (22:13) And if a man borrow aught of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof not being with it, he shall surely make restitution.
Exodus 22: 15 (22:14) If the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good; if it be a hireling, he loseth his hire.
Exodus 22: 16 (22:15) And if a man entice a virgin that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely pay a dowry for her to be his wife.
Exodus 22: 17 (22:16) If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.