|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Hermione's Little Group of Serious Thinkers by Don Marquis:
so I cannot argue with you. You wouldn't under-
stand. But if I AM primitive -- and I feel that
I am -- whose fault is it? Who did I inherit it
She couldn't say anything to that. She didn't
like to own that I inherited it from her. And she
knew if she blamed it onto Papa I would ask her
how she DARED to deny me a primitive man when
she had married one herself.
Finally she quit crying and said, pressing her
lips together: "Hermione, do you KNOW any of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
TIME OF THE NIGHT. - LADY, she said, WE ARE KINSFOLK, WE ARE BOTH COME
OF THE BLOOD OF THE SONS OF ALPIN. - MY DEAR, I replied, I THINK NO
MORE OF ALPIN OR HIS SONS THAN WHAT I DO OF A KALESTOCK. YOU HAVE A
BETTER ARGUMENT IN THESE TEARS UPON YOUR BONNY FACE. And at that I was
so weak-minded as to kiss her, which is what you would like to do
dearly, and I wager will never find the courage of. I say it was weak-
minded of me, for I knew no more of her than the outside; but it was
the wisest stroke I could have hit upon. She is a very staunch, brave
nature, but I think she has been little used with tenderness; and at
that caress (though to say the truth, it was but lightly given) her
heart went out to me. I will never betray the secrets of my sex, Mr.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson:
not set it aptly, moved him to shame and anger. With such a
character, he would feel but little drudgery at Fairbairn's. There
would be something daily to be done, slovenliness to be avoided,
and a higher mark of skill to be attained; he would chip and file,
as he had practiced scales, impatient of his own imperfection, but
resolute to learn.
And there was another spring of delight. For he was now moving
daily among those strange creations of man's brain, to some so
abhorrent, to him of an interest so inexhaustible: in which iron,
water, and fire are made to serve as slaves, now with a tread more
powerful than an elephant's, and now with a touch more precise and
|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 The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
a rude hut. Barbara gathered leaves and grasses with which
she covered the floor.
"Number One, Riverside Drive," said the mucker, with a
grin, when the work was completed; "an' now I'll go down
on de river front an' build de Bowery."
"Oh, are you from New York?" asked the girl.
"Not on yer life," replied Billy Byrne. "I'm from good ol'
Chi; but I been to Noo York twict wit de Goose Island Kid,
an' so I knows all about it. De roughnecks belongs on de
Bowery, so dat's wot we'll call my dump down by de river.
You're a highbrow, so youse gotta live on Riverside Drive,