|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
So Hiero ended.
Simonides answered laughingly: How say you, Hiero? What is that?
Love's strong passion for his soul's beloved incapable of springing up
in any monarch's heart? What of your own passion for Dailochus,
surnamed of men "most beautiful"?
Hiero. That is easily explained, Simonides. What I most desire of him
is no ready spoil, as men might reckon it, but rather what it is least
of all the privilege of a tyrant to obtain. I say it truly, I--the
love I bear Dailochus is of this high sort. All that the constitution
of our souls and bodies possibly compels a man to ask for at the hands
of beauty, that my fantasy desires of him; but what my fantasy
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
word, I shall go out of my senses! And what is to be done with
the haricots!--Oh, well, if I am to be left here all by myself,
you shall go to-morrow, Christophe.--Good-night, gentlemen," and
"What is the matter now?" Eugene inquired of Sylvie.
"Lord! everybody is going about his business, and that has addled
her wits. There! she is crying upstairs. It will do her good to
snivel a bit. It's the first time she has cried since I've been
By the morning, Mme. Vauquer, to use her own expression, had
"made up her mind to it." True, she still wore a doleful
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon:
with the secretaries and employed men of ambas-
sadors: for so in travelling in one country, he shall
suck the experience of many. Let him also see, and
visit, eminent persons in all kinds, which are of
great name abroad; that he may be able to tell,
how the life agreeth with the fame. For quarrels,
they are with care and discretion to be avoided.
They are commonly for mistresses, healths, place,
and words. And let a man beware, how he keepeth
company with choleric and quarrelsome persons;
for they will engage him into their own quarrels.
Essays of Francis Bacon
|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 Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
day, I think she found it hard to sustain her wilful cheeriness. Lin
offered to take her driving to see the military post and dress parade at
retreat, and Cloud's Peak, and Buffalo's various sights; but she made
excuses and retired to her room. Nate, however, was at tea, shaven clean,
with good clothes, and well conducted. His tone and manner to Jessamine
were confidential and caressing, and offended Mr. McLean, so that I
observed to him that it was scarcely reasonable to be jealous.
"Oh, no jealousy!" said he. "But he comes in and kisses her, and he
kisses her good-night, and us strangers looking on! It's such
oncontrollable affection, yu' see, after never writing for five years. I
expect she must have some of her savings left."