|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
torments on the damned, much as they are depicted in the 'Doom'
painting of the resurrection of the dead that is over the chancel
arch in this church of Ditchingham. And hour by hour through the
darkness, a voice called out threats and warnings to the Spaniards,
saying, 'Huitzel is hungry for your blood, ye Teules, ye shall
surely follow where ye have seen your fellows go: the cages are
ready, the knives are sharp, and the irons are hot for the torture.
Prepare, ye Teules, for though ye slay many, ye cannot escape.'
Thus the struggle went on day after day, till thousands of the
Aztecs were dead, and the Spaniards were well nigh worn out with
hunger, war, and wounds, for they could not rest a single hour. At
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Z. Marcas by Honore de Balzac:
have heard of Negro determination, and all that Cooper tells us of the
tenacity and coolness of the Redskins under defeat. Morey, the
Guatimozin of the "Mountain," preserved an attitude unparalleled in
the annals of European justice.
This is what Marcas told us during the small hours, sandwiching his
discourse with slices of bread spread with cheese and washed down with
wine. All the tobacco was burned out. Now and then the hackney coaches
clattering across the Place de l'Odeon, or the omnibuses toiling past,
sent up their dull rumbling, as if to remind us that Paris was still
close to us.
His family lived at Vitre; his father and mother had fifteen hundred
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
However, all took place more quickly than it takes to write these words.
The schooner paused not, but rushing across the harbour, pitched herself
on that accumulation of sand and gravel washed by many tides and many
storms into the southeast corner of the pier jutting under the East Cliff,
known locally as Tate Hill Pier.
There was of course a considerable concussion as the vessel
drove up on the sand heap. Every spar, rope, and stay was
strained,and some of the `top-hammer' came crashing down.
But, strangest of all, the very instant the shore was touched,
an immense dog sprang up on deck from below,as if shot up
by the concussion, and running forward, jumped from the bow
|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 A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare:
And the Country Prouerb knowne,
That euery man should take his owne,
In your waking shall be showne.
Iacke shall haue Iill, nought shall goe ill.
The man shall haue his Mare againe, and all shall bee
They sleepe all the Act.
Enter Queene of Fairies, and Clowne, and Fairies, and the King
A Midsummer Night's Dream