|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Polly of the Circus by Margaret Mayo:
"The cook tent was started half an hour late, and the side show
top ain't loaded yet."
"Your wagons is on the bum, that's what! Number thirty-eight
carries the cook tent and the blacksmith has been tinkering with
it all day. Ask HIM what shape it's in."
"You're always stallin'," was Barker's sullen complaint. "It's
the wagons, or the black- smiths, or anything but the truth. _I_
know what's the matter, all right."
"What do you mean by that?" asked Jim, sharply.
"I mean that all your time's took up a-carryin' and a-fetchin'
for that girl what calls you 'Muvver Jim.' "
|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:
she's kept Bland an' the other men from treatin' the kid
shameful. Late Jennie has growed into an all-fired pretty girl,
an' Kate is powerful jealous of her. I can see hell brewin'
over there in Bland's cabin. Thet's why I wish you'd come over
with me. Bland's hardly ever home. His wife's invited you.
Shore, if she gets sweet on you, as she has on--Wal, thet 'd
complicate matters. But you'd get to see Jennie, an' mebbe you
could help her. Mind, I ain't hintin' nothin'. I'm just wantin'
to put her in your way. You're a man an' can think fer
yourself. I had a baby girl once, an' if she'd lived she be as
big as Jennie now, an', by Gawd, I wouldn't want her here in
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 Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
said, "Thank you, if you will." And the two departed together down the
shabby street, the little veiled lady in black, and Beverly with his
excellent London clothes and his still more excellent look of respectful,
And now Bohm pronounced the only utterance that I heard fall from his
lips during his stay in Kings Port. He looked at the church he had come
from, he looked at the neighboring larger church whose columns stood out
at the angle of the street; he looked at the graveyard opposite that,
then at the stale, dusty shop of old furniture, and then up the shabby
street, where no life or movement was to be seen, except the distant
forms of Beverly and Mrs. Weguelin St. Michael. Then from a gold
|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 Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
was not a child of our northern shores.
"Forgive me," she said, speaking with an odd, pretty accent,
and laying a slim hand, with jeweled fingers, confidingly upon
my arm, "if I startled you. But--is it true that Sir Crichton
Davey has been--murdered?"
I looked into her big, questioning eyes, a harsh suspicion laboring
in my mind, but could read nothing in their mysterious depths--
only I wondered anew at my questioner's beauty. The grotesque
idea momentarily possessed me that, were the bloom of her red
lips due to art and not to nature, their kiss would leave--
though not indelibly--just such a mark as I had seen upon the dead
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu