|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
such an act has stained his honor beyond retrieving.
"Do you not feel all that is touching, that is heavenly in the story
of the youthful page, falsely accused, and carrying the letter
containing the order for his execution, who sets out without a thought
of ill, and whom Providence protects and saves--miraculously, we say!
But do you know wherein the miracle lies? Virtue has a glory as potent
as that of innocent childhood.
"I say these things not meaning to admonish you," said the old priest,
with deep grief. "I, alas! am not your spiritual director; you are not
kneeling at the feet of God; I am your friend, appalled by dread of
what your punishment may be. What has become of that unhappy Albert?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
"What's the matter, Fatty? Got a chill?" inquired one of the
robbers, as he deftly swept the plunder into the sack.
"For--God's sake--don't shoot. I have--a wife--and five
children," he stammered, with chattering teeth.
"No race suicide for Fatty. But whyfor do they let a sick man
like you travel all by his lone?"
"I don't know--I--Please turn that weapon another way."
"Plumb chuck full of malaria," soliloquized the owner of the
weapon, playfully running its business end over the Chicago man's
anatomy. "Shakes worse'n a pair of dice. Here, Fatty. Load up
with quinine and whisky. It's sure good for chills." The man
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
were too many other men with rods there to suit my taste. "The
feesh in this loch," said the boatman, "iss not so numerous ass the
feeshermen, but more wise. There iss not one of them that hass not
felt the hook, and they know ferry well what side of the fly has
the forkit tail."
At Altnaharra, in the shadow of Ben Clebrig, there was a cozy
little house with good fare, and abundant trout-fishing in Loch
Naver and Loch Meadie. It was there that I fell in with a
wandering pearl-peddler who gathered his wares from the mussels in
the moorland streams. They were not of the finest quality, these
Scotch pearls, but they had pretty, changeable colours of pink 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 Statesman by Plato:
comparison we spoke of manufacturers, or sellers for themselves, and of
retailers,--seeing, too, that the class of supreme rulers, or rulers for
themselves, is almost nameless--shall we make a word following the same
analogy, and refer kings to a supreme or ruling-for-self science, leaving
the rest to receive a name from some one else? For we are seeking the
ruler; and our enquiry is not concerned with him who is not a ruler.
YOUNG SOCRATES: Very good.
STRANGER: Thus a very fair distinction has been attained between the man
who gives his own commands, and him who gives another's. And now let us
see if the supreme power allows of any further division.
YOUNG SOCRATES: By all means.