|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Polly of the Circus by Margaret Mayo:
this, Mandy?" She took a small red book from her belt and put it
into Mandy's black chubby fists.
"I see some writin', if dat's what you mean," Mandy answered,
"These are my don'ts," Polly confided, as she pointed
enthusiastically to worn pages of finely written notes.
"You'se WHAT, chile?"
"The things I mustn't do or say."
"An' you'se been losin' yoah beauty sleep for dem tings?" Mandy
"I don't want Mr. John to feel ashamed of me," she said with
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
gas-mantle trade? How much thorium, not to speak of cerium,
could they take at a maximum. Suppose that quantity was high
enough to justify our shipload, came doubts in another quarter.
Were the heaps up to sample? Were they as big as he said? Was
Gordon-Nasmyth--imaginative? And if these values held, could we
after all get the stuff? It wasn't ours. It was on forbidden
ground. You see, there were doubts of every grade and class in
the way of this adventure.
We went some way, nevertheless, in the discussion of his project,
though I think we tried his patience. Then suddenly he vanished
from London, and I saw no more of him for a year and a half.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Domestic Peace by Honore de Balzac:
The Colonel, understanding that Madame de Vaudremont wished to be
alone, retired, well content to have begun his attack so well.
At most entertainments women are to be met who are there, like Madame
de Lansac, as old sailors gather on the seashore to watch younger
mariners struggling with the tempest. At this moment Madame de Lansac,
who seemed to be interested in the personages of this drama, could
easily guess the agitation which the Countess was going through. The
lady might fan herself gracefully, smile on the young men who bowed to
her, and bring into play all the arts by which a woman hides her
emotion,--the Dowager, one of the most clear-sighted and mischief-
loving duchesses bequeathed by the eighteenth century to the
|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 Historical Lecturers and Essays by Charles Kingsley:
changed, and so fast, that William Duke of Normandy, the great-
great-grandson of Rolf the wild Viking, was perhaps the finest
gentleman, as well as the most cultivated sovereign, and the
greatest statesman and warrior in all Europe.
So Harold of Norway came with all his Vikings to Stamford Bridge by
York; and took, by coming, only that which Harold of England
promised him, namely, "forasmuch as he was taller than any other
man, seven feet of English ground."
The story of that great battle, told with a few inaccuracies, but
told as only great poets tell, you should read, if you have not read
it already, in the "Heimskringla" of Snorri Sturluson, the Homer of