|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
make as much noise and confusion as she could, she rushed for the
door, screeching at the top of her voice:
"Run, dearie, run! Run!" She was scuffling with her feet,
clattering the chair, as she wrenched the door open. And then, in
her own voice: "Nan, I won't! I won't let you stand for this, I -"
Then as Gypsy Nan again: "Run, dearie! Don't youse mind old Nan!"
She banged the door shut, locked it, and whipped out the key. It had
taken scarcely a second. She was still screeching at the top of her
voice to cover the absence of flying footers on the stairs. "Run,
dearie, run! Run!"
And then, in the darkness, the candle still unlighted, Rough Rorke
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson:
once is the reward of living."
"I thank you. It smells excellent," said the missionary. "But I
am a blue-ribbon man myself; and though I am aware there is a
difference of opinion even in our own confession, I have always
held kava to be excluded."
"What!" cried the convert. "Are you going to respect a taboo at a
time like this? And you were always so opposed to taboos when you
"To other people's," said the missionary. "Never to my own."
"But yours have all proved wrong," said the convert.
"It looks like it," said the missionary, "and I can't help that.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde:
LORD WINDERMERE. Your honour is untouched, Margaret. You don't
think for a moment that - [Puts book back into desk.]
LADY WINDERMERE. I think that you spend your money strangely.
That is all. Oh, don't imagine I mind about the money. As far as
I am concerned, you may squander everything we have. But what I DO
mind is that you who have loved me, you who have taught me to love
you, should pass from the love that is given to the love that is
bought. Oh, it's horrible! [Sits on sofa.] And it is I who feel
degraded! YOU don't feel anything. I feel stained, utterly
stained. You can't realise how hideous the last six months seems
to me now - every kiss you have given me is tainted in my memory.
|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 Princess of Parms by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
feet intervening between us, and with outstretched point
drove my sword completely through the body of the green
warrior. His sword fell, harmless, to the ground and he sank
limply upon the prostrate form of the Zodangan.
A cursory examination of the latter revealed no mortal
injuries and after a brief rest he asserted that he felt fit to
attempt the return voyage. He would have to pilot his
own craft, however, as these frail vessels are not intended
to convey but a single person.
Quickly completing the repairs we rose together into the
still, cloudless Martian sky, and at great speed and without