|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
eled were altered! Then, a comfortable tarantass, fresh
horses, well-kept post-horses assured the rapidity of their
journey. Now they were on foot; it was utterly impossible
to procure any other means of locomotion, they were with-
out resources, not knowing how to obtain even food, and
they had still nearly three hundred miles to go! Moreover,
Michael could now only see with Nadia's eyes.
As to the friend whom chance had given them, they had
just lost him, and fearful might be his fate. Michael had
thrown himself down under the brushwood at the side of
the road. Nadia stood beside him, waiting for the word
|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:
I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of
experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct
of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with
which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House.
Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?
Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves
to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our
petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and
darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
the Solemn League and Covenant, and by many of the chiefs of the
Highland clans, who conceived their interest and authority to be
connected with royalty, who had, besides, a decided aversion to
the Presbyterian form of religion, and who, finally, were in that
half savage state of society, in which war is always more welcome
Great commotions were generally expected to arise from these
concurrent causes; and the trade of incursion and depredation,
which the Scotch Highlanders at all times exercised upon the
Lowlands, began to assume a more steady, avowed, and systematic
form, as part of a general military system.
|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 Finished by H. Rider Haggard:
"Don't be frightened, dear," said Anscombe, "he is only an old
"I suppose so," she exclaimed doubtfully, "but to me he is like
Nombe slid past us. She threw off the kaross she wore and for
the first time appeared naked except for the mucha about her
middle and her ornaments. Down she went on her hands and knees
and in this humble posture crept towards Zikali. Arriving in
front of him she touched the ground with her forehead, then
lifting her right arm, gave the salute of Makosi, to which as a
great wizard he was entitled, being supposed to be the home of