|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
Presently he said, "If I had done as I liked I would have come
to see you several times."
"Is that invented?" asked Eugenia.
"No, that is natural. I stayed away because"--
"Ah, here comes the reason, then!"
"Because I wanted to think about you."
"Because you wanted to lie down!" said the Baroness.
"I have seen you lie down--almost--in my drawing-room."
Acton stopped in the road, with a movement which seemed to beg
her to linger a little. She paused, and he looked at her awhile;
he thought her very charming. "You are jesting," he said;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry:
which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions
at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself
as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty
toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the
song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part
of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?
Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not,
and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their
temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
down his sleeping rug directly over the hidden instru-
ment, it might still be clicking there unheard--and
this story still unwritten.
When we reached the spot and unearthed the little
box the instrument was quiet, nor did repeated attempts
upon the part of our telegrapher succeed in winning
a response from the other end of the line. After several
days of futile endeavor to raise Pellucidar, we had be-
gun to despair. I was as positive that the other end
of that little cable protruded through the surface of the
inner world as I am that I sit here today in my study--
|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 In the Cage by Henry James:
dearest furnished apartments, Simpkin's, Ladle's, Thrupp's, just
round the corner, was so select that his place was quite pervaded
by the crisp rustle of these emblems--she pushed out the sovereigns
as if the applicant were no more to her than one of the momentary,
the practically featureless, appearances in the great procession;
and this perhaps all the more from the very fact of the connexion
(only recognised outside indeed) to which she had lent herself with
ridiculous inconsequence. She recognised the others the less
because she had at last so unreservedly, so irredeemably,
recognised Mr. Mudge. However that might be, she was a little
ashamed of having to admit to herself that Mr. Mudge's removal to a