|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from One Basket by Edna Ferber:
corner of Elm and Winnebago:
NORTHERN LUMBER AND LAND COMPANY
H. Charnsworth Baldwin, Pres.
Two blocks farther down Elm Street was another sign, not so
glittering, which read:
Miss Sophy Decker
Sophy's hatmaking, in the beginning, had been done at home. She
had always made her sisters' hats, and her own, of course, and an
occasional hat for a girl friend. After her sisters had married,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from At the Sign of the Cat & Racket by Honore de Balzac:
came over her.
"Alas! And is it true," she wondered, "that a simple and loving heart
is not all-sufficient to an artist; that to balance the weight of
these powerful souls they need a union with feminine souls of a
strength equal to their own? If I had been brought up like this siren,
our weapons at least might have been equal in the hour of struggle."
"But I am not at home!" The sharp, harsh words, though spoken in an
undertone in the adjoining boudoir, were heard by Augustine, and her
heart beat violently.
"The lady is in there," replied the maid.
"You are an idiot! Show her in," replied the Duchess, whose voice was
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber:
can't fool me. I know."
A year and a half after her coming to Haynes-Cooper Fanny's
department was doing a business of a million a year. The
need had been there. She had merely given it the impetus.
She was working more or less directly with Fenger now, with
an eye on every one of the departments that had to do with
women's clothing, from shoes to hats. Not that she did any
actual buying, or selling in these departments. She still
confined her actual selecting of goods to the infants' wear
section, but she occupied, unofficially, the position of
assistant to the General Merchandise Manager. They worked
|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 Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
builded, or a vessel fairly framed, taketh note of the builder or
workman and marvelleth thereat, even so I that was fashioned out
of nothing and brought into being, though I cannot see the maker
and provider, yet from his harmonious and marvellous fashioning
of me have come to the knowledge of his wisdom, not to the full
measure of that wisdom, but to the full compass of my powers; yea
I have seen that I was not brought forth by chance, nor made of
myself, but that he fashioned me, as it pleased him, and set me
to have dominion over his creatures, howbeit making me lower than
some; that, when I was broken, he re-created me with a better
renewal; and that he shall draw me by his divine will from this