|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Astoria by Washington Irving:
covered with armed savages. It was a band of Sioux warriors,
upwards of six hundred strong. They brandished their weapons in a
menacing manner, and ordered the boats to turn back and land
lower down the river. There was no disputing these commands, for
they had the power to shower destruction upon the white men,
without risk to themselves. Crooks and M'Lellan, therefore,
turned back with feigned alacrity, and, landing, had an interview
with the Sioux. The latter forbade them, under pain of
exterminating hostility, from attempting to proceed up the river,
but offered to trade peacefully with them if they would halt
where they were. The party, being principally composed of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
men, and who believe not in God nor in the last day;- but whosoever
has Satan for his mate, an evil mate has he.
What harm would it do them if they believed in God and in the last
day, and expended in alms of what God has provided them with? but
God knows about them.
Verily, God would not wrong by the weight of an atom; and if it's
a good work, He will double it and bring from Himself a mighty hire.
How then when we bring from every nation a witness, and bring thee
as a witness against these on the day when those who misbelieve and
rebel against the Apostle would fain that the earth were levelled with
them? but they cannot hide the news from God.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
"Confound you!" Kent leaned forward in his wrath and shook his fist
at the detective. "What right had you to do such a thing?"
"The search warrant covered it," explained Ferguson. "I could look
through your safe, Mr. Kent, because Rochester was your senior
partner and you shared the office together; I was within the law."
"Perhaps you were," Kent controlled his anger with an effort. "But
I had told you I did not know Rochester's whereabouts before I
showed you the Cleveland telegram, which you claim is bogus."
"It's bogus, all right," insisted the detective. "I thought it just
possible I might find some paper which would give me a clew to
The Red Seal
|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 Heart of the West by O. Henry:
McGuire looked upon things strange to him. The ranch-house was the
best in the country. It was built of brick hauled one hundred miles by
wagon, but it was of but one story, and its four rooms were completely
encircled by a mud floor "gallery." The miscellaneous setting of
horses, dogs, saddles, wagons, guns, and cow-punchers' paraphernalia
oppressed the metropolitan eyes of the wrecked sportsman.
"Well, here we are at home," said Raidler, cheeringly.
"It's a h--l of a looking place," said McGuire promptly, as he rolled
upon the gallery floor in a fit of coughing.
"We'll try to make it comfortable for you, buddy," said the cattleman
gently. "It ain't fine inside; but it's the outdoors, anyway, that'll
Heart of the West