|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa:
toads, but none of them had aroused her love, nor ever grieved her.
She had heard the wailing human voice and marveled at the throat
which produced the strange sound. Now, in her great desire to keep
the stolen boy awhile longer, she ventured to cry as the Dakota
woman does. In a gruff, coarse voice she broke forth:
"Hin-hin, doe-skin! Hin-hin, Ermine, Ermine! Hin-hin, red
blanket, with white border!"
Not knowing that the syllables of a Dakota's cry are the names
of loved ones gone, the ugly toad mother sought to please the boy's
ear with the names of valuable articles. Having shrieked in a
torturing voice and mouthed extravagant names, the old toad rolled
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
prayed God would bless him with a happy and prosperous reign.
Finally, he recommended all his children to him by name,
excepting only the Duke of Monmouth then in Holland, and
suffering from the king's displeasure; and besought him to extend
his kindness towards the Duchesses of Portsmouth and Cleveland;
"and do not," said he, "let poor Nelly starve." Whilst these
commands were addressed him, the duke had flung himself on his
knees by the bedside, and, bursting into tears, kissed his
The queen, who had scarce left his majesty since the beginning of
his illness, was at this time absent, her love and grief not
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
time, just of what was NOT on the face. "Miss Dolman, Parade
Lodge, Parade Terrace, Dover. Let him instantly know right one,
Hotel de France, Ostend. Make it seven nine four nine six one.
Wire me alternative Burfield's."
The girl slowly counted. Then he was at Ostend. This hooked on
with so sharp a click that, not to feel she was as quickly letting
it all slip from her, she had absolutely to hold it a minute longer
and to do something to that end. Thus it was that she did on this
occasion what she never did--threw off a "Reply paid?" that sounded
officious, but that she partly made up for by deliberately affixing
the stamps and by waiting till she had done so to give change. She
|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 Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
Wilding was left behind. Trenchard was gone, in command of his troop
of horse, and Mr. Wilding had for only company his thoughts touching
the singular happenings of that busy night.
He went back to the sign of The Ship overlooking the Cross, and,
kicking off his sodden shoes, he supped quietly in the room of which
shattered door and broken window reminded him of his odd interview with
Ruth, and of the comedy of love she had enacted to detain him there.
The thought of it embittered him; the part she had played seemed to
his retrospective mind almost a wanton's part - for all that in name
she was his wife. And yet, underlying a certain irrepressible nausea,
came the reflection that, after all, her purpose had been to save his