|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
Murder walk abroad with silent feet.
Hardly had he finished this awful oath when, from the red-tiled
roof of a distant homestead, a cock crew. He laughed a long, low,
bitter laugh, and waited. Hour after hour he waited, but the cock,
for some strange reason, did not crow again. Finally, at half-past
seven, the arrival of the housemaids made him give up his fearful
vigil, and he stalked back to his room, thinking of his vain hope
and baffled purpose. There he consulted several books of ancient
chivalry, of which he was exceedingly fond, and found that, on
every occasion on which his oath had been used, Chanticleer had
always crowed a second time. 'Perdition seize the naughty fowl,'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, etc. by Oscar Wilde:
Lord Arthur grew deadly pale, and a horrible idea crossed his mind.
'BONBON, Sybil? What do you mean?' he said in a slow, hoarse
'There is one in it, that is all. It looks quite old and dusty,
and I have not the slightest intention of eating it. What is the
matter, Arthur? How white you look!'
Lord Arthur rushed across the room, and seized the box. Inside it
was the amber-coloured capsule, with its poison-bubble. Lady
Clementina had died a natural death after all!
The shock of the discovery was almost too much for him. He flung
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
very idea, and thought it would be better to speak openly to her
aunt than to run such a risk. But against this there were
objections; and she finally resolved that it could be the last
resource, if her private inquiries to the absence of the family
were unfavourably answered.
Accordingly, when she retired at night, she asked the
chambermaid whether Pemberley were not a very fine place?
what was the name of its proprietor? and, with no little alarm,
whether the family were down for the summer? A most
welcome negative followed the last question-- and her alarms
now being removed, she was at leisure to feel a great deal of
Pride and Prejudice
|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 Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
crashing, fatal blow. Life and death were evenly balanced. For an
instant the Princess became deadly pale, and a sickening fear shot
through her heart. She could not understand the effect of her
words: her mind was paralyzed, and what followed came without her
Not retreating a step, not removing her eyes from the terrible
picture before her, she suddenly opened her lips and sang. Her
voice of exquisite purity, power, and sweetness, filled the old
hall and overflowed it, throbbing in scarcely weakened vibrations
through court-yard and castle. The melody was a prayer--the cry of
a tortured heart for pardon and repose; and she sang it with almost