|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
were well received by him. Eight fell in the fighting upon the
way. Val Dor and Floran live, I believe, for I am sure that I
heard U-Thor address two warriors by these names."
"Good!" exclaimed Gahan. "Go then, through the burrows of the
ulsios, to The Gate of Enemies and carry to Floran the message
that I shall write in his own language. Come, while I write the
In a nearby room they found a bench and table and there Gahan sat
and wrote in the strange, stenographic characters of Martian
script a message to Floran of Gathol. "Why," he asked, when he
had finished it, "did you search for Tara through the spiral
The Chessmen of Mars
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
it suits your convenience).'
"M. de Trailles made his bow to Gobseck, took a seat, and listened to
us with a courtier-like attitude; its charming humility would have
touched your heart to see, but my Gobseck sits in his chair by the
fireside without moving a muscle, or changing a feature. He looked
very like the statue of Voltaire under the peristyle of the Theatre-
Francais, as you see it of an evening; he had partly risen as if to
bow, and the skull cap that covered the top of his head, and the
narrow strip of sallow forehead exhibited, completed his likeness to
the man of marble.
" 'I have no money to spare except for my own clients,' said he.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
But people DO live there, just the same. The top of Mount Munch is
shaped like a saucer, broad and deep, and in the saucer are fields
where grains and vegetables grow, and flocks are fed, and brooks flow
and trees bear all sorts of things. There are houses scattered here
and there, each having its family of Hyups, as the people call
themselves. The Hyups seldom go down the mountain, for the same
reason that the Munchkins never climb up: the sides are too steep.
In one of the houses lived a wise old Hyup named Bini Aru, who used
to be a clever Sorcerer. But Ozma of Oz, who rules everyone in the
Land of Oz, had made a decree that no one should practice magic in her
dominions except Glinda the Good and the Wizard of Oz, and when Glinda
The Magic of Oz
|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 Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
Earl; "he is the chevalier of whom I speak, and he is reckoned
the best knight of Dauphiny. That one of which thou spokest was
the third great tourney in which he was adjudged the victor. I am
glad that thou holdest his prowess highly. Knowest thou that he
is in the train of the Comte de Vermoise?"
"Nay," said Myles, flushing; "I did hear news he was in England,
but knew not that he was in this place."
"Yea," said Lord Mackworth; "he is here." He paused for a moment;
then said, suddenly. "Tell me, Myles Falworth, an thou wert a
knight and of rank fit to run a joust with the Sieur de la
Montaigne, wouldst thou dare encounter him in the lists?"
Men of Iron