|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
"He took good care not to tell us that when he asked leave to marry
you. If I had known it, I would never had given my daughter to a man
who followed such a trade. Religion forbids such horrors; they are
immoral. And at what time of night do you say he comes home?"
"At one o'clock--two----"
The old folks looked at each other in utter amazement.
"Then he gambles?" said Monsieur Guillaume. "In my day only gamblers
stayed out so late."
Augustine made a face that scorned the accusation.
"He must keep you up through dreadful nights waiting for him," said
Madame Guillaume. "But you go to bed, don't you? And when he has lost,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
with a desperate jerk.
"Signal her!" said Phileas Fogg quietly.
A small brass cannon stood on the forward deck of the Tankadere,
for making signals in the fogs. It was loaded to the muzzle;
but just as the pilot was about to apply a red-hot coal to the touchhole,
Mr. Fogg said, "Hoist your flag!"
The flag was run up at half-mast, and, this being the signal of distress,
it was hoped that the American steamer, perceiving it, would change her
course a little, so as to succour the pilot-boat.
"Fire!" said Mr. Fogg. And the booming of the little cannon
resounded in the air.
Around the World in 80 Days
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
second; and though nothing shook the easy quiet of his
attitude, I could see that he was far from being duped. 'It
is well,' said he; 'let us dismiss the topic. And now, sir,
that I have very freely explained the sentiments by which I
am directed, let me ask you, according to your promise, to
imitate my frankness.'
'I have heard you,' replied the other, 'with great interest.'
'With singular patience,' said the prince politely.
'Ay, your highness, and with unlooked-for sympathy,' returned
the young man. 'I know not how to tell the change that has
befallen me. You have, I must suppose, a charm, to which
|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 Koran:
the weakest of houses is a spider's house, if they did but know!
Verily, God knows whatever thing they call upon beside Him; for He
is the mighty, wise.
These are parables which we have struck out for men; but none will
understand them, save those who know.
God created the heavens and the earth in truth verily, in this is
a sign unto believers.
Recite what has been- revealed to thee of the Book; and be steadfast
in prayer; verily, prayer forbids sin and wrong; and surely the
mention of God is greater; for God knows what ye do. And do not
wrangle with the people of the Book, except for what is better; save