|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
man she loved was loyal to his own mistake, and the formless
premonition that he might continue to be. She contorted her lip to
keep her emotion back, and deliberately turned away from a matter in
which she was not mistress, and which contained ugly possibilities
of buffeting. She would wait a little, and though consideration for
Violet Prendergast had nothing to do with it, she would not tell him
'I am sorry,' she said; and, after a moment, 'Did I tell you that I
have changed my plans?'
'You are not going so soon?' she took all the comfort there was in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
"Hark you, Michael Lambourne," said Foster; "you are a gambler
now, and live by the counting of chances--compute me the odds
that I do not, on this instant, throw you out of that window into
the ditch there."
"Twenty to one that you do not," answered the sturdy visitor.
"And wherefore, I pray you?" demanded Anthony Foster, setting
his teeth and compressing his lips, like one who endeavours to
suppress some violent internal emotion.
"Because," said Lambourne coolly, "you dare not for your life lay
a finger on me. I am younger and stronger than you, and have in
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Herodias by Gustave Flaubert:
smile. Aulus had found him somewhere among the kitchens and had taken
a violent fancy to him. He had made the child one of his suite, but as
he never could remember his protege's Chaldean name, called him simply
"the Asiatic." From time to time the little fellow sprang up and
played about the dining-table, and his antics appeared to amuse the
At one side of the tetrarch's pavilion were the tables at which were
seated his priests and officers; also a number of persons from
Jerusalem, and the more important men from the Grecian cities. At the
table on the left of the proconsul sat Marcellus with the publicans,
several friends of the tetrarch, and various representatives from
|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 Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Scarcely had Bertrade de Montfort left him ere Nor-
man of Torn heard the tramping of many feet. They
seemed approaching up the dim corridor that led to
the little door of the apartment where he stood.
Quickly he moved to the opposite door, and, stand-
ing with his hand upon the latch, waited. Yes, they
were coming that way, many of them and quickly; and
as he heard them pause without he drew aside the arras
and pushed open the door behind him; backing into
the other apartment just as Simon de Montfort, Earl of
Leicester, burst into the room from the opposite side.
The Outlaw of Torn