|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Land of Footprints by Stewart Edward White:
the other fellow's experience. I was told by everybody that I
should bring plenty, that it was better to have too much than too
little, etc. I rather thought so myself, and accordingly shipped
a trifle over 1,500 rounds of small bore cartridges.
Unfortunately, I never got into the field with any of my numerous
advisers on this point, so cannot state their methods from
first-hand information. Inductive reasoning leads me to believe
that they consider it unsportsmanlike to shoot at a standing
animal at all, or at one running nearer than 250 yards.
Furthermore, it is etiquette to continue firing until the last
cloud of dust has died down on the distant horizon. Only thus can
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Rig Veda:
4 Near kin to thee is he, raised loftiest in the heavens: upon
earth's high ridge thy scions have grown forth.
The press-stones chew and crunch thee on the ox's hide: sages
milked thee with their hands into the streams.
5 So do they hurry on thy strong and beauteous juice, O Indu,
first ingredient of the draught.
Bring low, thou Pavamana, every single foe, and be thy might
The Rig Veda
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
to pain rested for a second in his eyes. "Murder is a hard name,
ma'am. And I didn't say he was daid, or any of the three," came
his gentle answer.
"You MEANT to kill them, anyhow."
"Did I?" There was the ghost of a sad smile about his eyes.
"The way you act, a person might think you one of Ned Bannister's
men," she told him, scornfully.
"I expect you're right."
She repented her a little at a charge so unjust. "If you are not
ashamed of your name why are you so loath to part with it?"
"Y'u didn't ask me my name," he said, a dark flush sweeping his
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
bare an unmistakable marble leg.
'He is surely a very athletic person,' said Julia.
'I never saw anything like it,' responded Gideon. 'His muscles
stand out like penny rolls.'
Another leg was soon disclosed, and then what seemed to be a
third. This resolved itself, however, into a knotted club resting
upon a pedestal.
'It is a Hercules,' cried Gideon; 'I might have guessed that from
his calf. I'm supposed to be rather partial to statuary, but when
it comes to Hercules, the police should interfere. I should say,'
he added, glancing with disaffection at the swollen leg, 'that