|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
"Good shot," commented the ranger quietly, and on the instant his
revolver seemed to leap from its holster to his hand. Without
raising or moving his arm in the least, Bucky fired.
Again a murmur eddied through the crowd. The bullet had neatly
bored the bully's ear. He raised his hand in dazed fashion and
brought it away covered with blood. With staring eyes he looked
at his moist red fingers, then at his latest victim, who was
proving such an unexpected surprise.
The big cattleman, who by this time had pushed a way with his
broad shoulders to the front, observed the two men attentively
with a derisive smile on his frank face. He was seeing a bluff
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
his friend before he turned miscreant.
"Don't you worry about Neil, Bucky," he advised gently. "It was
York shot Reilly, after York had cut loose at him, and I
shouldn't wonder if that didn't save your life. Neil has got to
stand the gaff for what he's done, but I'll pull wires to get his
punishment made light."
"Killed Reilly, did he?" repeated O'Connor. "I got Anderson back
"That makes only one left to account for. I wonder who he is?"
Collins turned absent-mindedly to Neil. The latter looked at him
out of an expressionless face. Even though his confederate had
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
And behind it, as the rain comes,
Came the steps of Hiawatha.
To a lake with many islands
Came the breathless Pau-Puk-Keewis,
Where among the water-lilies
Pishnekuh, the brant, were sailing;
Through the tufts of rushes floating,
Steering through the reedy Islands.
Now their broad black beaks they lifted,
Now they plunged beneath the water,
Now they darkened in the shadow,
|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:
Yet if men mov'd him, was he such a storm
As oft 'twixt May and April is to see,
When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be.
His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth
Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
'Well could he ride, and often men would say
That horse his mettle from his rider takes:
Proud of subjection, noble by the sway,
What rounds, what bounds, what course, what stop he makes!
And controversy hence a question takes,
Whether the horse by him became his deed,