|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
that the desired consummation was not far off.
"So do I," said Dot Coombs. "It would be perfectly lovely to
have a real adventure."
The gaze of the sixteen cowboys shifted and sought the demure
face of this other discontented girl. Madeline laughed, and
Stillwell wore his strange, moving smile.
"Wal, I reckon you ladies sure won't have to go home unhappy," he
said. "Why, as boss of this heah outfit I'd feel myself
disgraced forever if you didn't have your wish. Just wait. An'
now, ladies, the matter on hand may not be amusin' or excitin' to
you; but to this heah cowboy outfit it's powerful important. An'
The Light of Western Stars
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
the first one. He tried to force me to marry him. The rest--
relating to the assault on the vaquero--I have already told you."
Madeline ended, out of breath and panting, with her hands pressed
upon her heaving bosom. Revelation of that secret liberated
emotion; those hurried outspoken words had made her throb and
tremble and burn. Strangely then she thought of Alfred and his
wrath. But he stood motionless, as if dazed. Stillwell was
trying to holster up the crushed Stewart.
Hawe rolled his red eyes and threw back his head.
"Ho, ho, ho! Ho, ho, ho! Say, Sneed, you didn't miss any of it,
did ye? Haw, haw! Best I ever heerd in all my born days. Ho,
The Light of Western Stars
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
yet there is an entire absence of ceremony between them.
Mr. Burchell has remarked the same thing in Southern Africa,
with the rude Bachapins. Where civilization has
arrived at a certain point, complex formalities soon arise
between the different grades of society: thus at Tahiti all
were formerly obliged to uncover themselves as low as the
waist in presence of the king.
The ceremony of pressing noses having been duly completed
with all present, we seated ourselves in a circle in the
front of one of the-hovels, and rested there half-an-hour.
All the hovels have nearly the same form and dimensions,
The Voyage of the Beagle
|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 American Notes by Rudyard Kipling:
dragged the corpse of every man slain in the Civil War, and
hurled defiance at "our natural enemy" (England, so please you),
"with her chain of fortresses across the world." Thereafter they
glorified their nation afresh from the beginning, in case any
detail should have been overlooked, and that made me
uncomfortable for their sakes. How in the world can a white man,
a sahib, of our blood, stand up and plaster praise on his own
country? He can think as highly as he likes, but this
open-mouthed vehemence of adoration struck me almost as
indelicate. My hosts talked for rather more than three hours,
and at the end seemed ready for three hours more.