|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:
house at Eton. I was a year or two older than he was, but we were
immense friends, and did all our work and all our play together.
There was, of course, a good deal more play than work, but I cannot
say that I am sorry for that. It is always an advantage not to
have received a sound commercial education, and what I learned in
the playing fields at Eton has been quite as useful to me as
anything I was taught at Cambridge. I should tell you that Cyril's
father and mother were both dead. They had been drowned in a
horrible yachting accident off the Isle of Wight. His father had
been in the diplomatic service, and had married a daughter, the
only daughter, in fact, of old Lord Crediton, who became Cyril's
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
I'd wish me in the hut that poorest peasant
E'er framed, to give him temporary shelter. BROWN.
The gallant Ritt-master would willingly have employed his leisure
in studying the exterior of Sir Duncan's castle, and verifying
his own military ideas upon the nature of its defences. But a
stout sentinel, who mounted guard with a Lochaber-axe at the door
of his apartment, gave him to understand, by very significant
signs, that he was in a sort of honourable captivity.
It is strange, thought the Ritt-master to himself, how well these
salvages understand the rules and practique of war. Who should
have pre-supposed their acquaintance with the maxim of the great
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
his request. Turning to him, therefore, I said,
"I consent to your demand, on your solemn oath to quit Europe forever,
and every other place in the neighbourhood of man, as soon as I shall
deliver into your hands a female who will accompany you in your exile."
"I swear," he cried, "by the sun, and by the blue sky of heaven,
and by the fire of love that burns my heart, that if you grant
my prayer, while they exist you shall never behold me again.
Depart to your home and commence your labours; I shall watch their
progress with unutterable anxiety; and fear not but that when you
are ready I shall appear."
Saying this, he suddenly quitted me, fearful, perhaps, of any
|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 Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare:
Where want cries 'some,' but where excess begs all.
Of folded schedules had she many a one,
Which she perus'd, sigh'd, tore, and gave the flood;
Crack'd many a ring of posied gold and bone,
Bidding them find their sepulchres in mud;
Found yet mo letters sadly penn'd in blood,
With sleided silk feat and affectedly
Enswath'd, and seal'd to curious secrecy.
These often bath'd she in her fluxive eyes,
And often kiss'd, and often 'gan to tear;
Cried, 'O false blood, thou register of lies,