|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
was never to serve in the household in waiting upon the Earl. I
cannot say that it never troubled him, but in time there came a
compensation of which I shall have presently to speak.
And then he had so much the more time to himself. The other lads
were sometimes occupied by their household duties when sports
were afoot in which they would liked to have taken part. Myles
was always free to enter into any matter of the kind after his
daily exercise had been performed at the pels, the butts, or the
But even though he was never called to do service in "my Lord's
house," he was not long in gaining a sort of second-hand
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:
its boundary, which was skirted by a deep and rapid river, into
which many of the trees bent their branches, now budding with the
fresh spring. Here I paused, not exactly knowing what path to
pursue, when I heard the sound of voices, that induced me to
conceal myself under the shade of a cypress. I was scarcely hid
when a young girl came running towards the spot where I was
concealed, laughing, as if she ran from someone in sport.
She continued her course along the precipitous sides of the river,
when suddenly her foot slipped, and she fell into the rapid stream.
I rushed from my hiding-place and with extreme labour, from the force
of the current, saved her and dragged her to shore. She was senseless,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles:
For fear lest I too trip like thee...
Withhold not, I adjure thee, if thou know'st,
Thy knowledge. We are all thy suppliants.
Aye, for ye all are witless, but my voice
Will ne'er reveal my miseries--or thine. 
What then, thou knowest, and yet willst not speak!
Wouldst thou betray us and destroy the State?
|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 Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
the paper to a ball. 'My gracious powers!' he cried; and
then, dashing to the window, which stood open on the garden,
he clapped forth his head and shoulders, and whistled long
and shrill. Challoner fell back into a corner, and
resolutely grasping his staff, prepared for the most
desperate events; but the thoughts of the man with the chin-
beard were far removed from violence. Turning again into the
room, and once more beholding his visitor, whom he appeared
to have forgotten, he fairly danced with trepidation.
'Impossible!' he cried. 'Oh, quite impossible! O Lord, I
have lost my head.' And then, once more striking his hand