|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
Sir, your attendance
Cannot please heaven, and I know your office
Vnjustly is atcheev'd.
If a good title,
I am perswaded this question sicke between's
By bleeding must be cur'd. I am a Suitour,
That to your Sword you will bequeath this plea
And talke of it no more.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Night and Day by Virginia Woolf:
them even faintly resembled Ralph Denham. More and more plainly did
she see him; and more and more did he seem to her unlike any one else.
At the door of the station she paused, and tried to collect her
thoughts. He had gone to her house. By taking a cab she could be there
probably in advance of him. But she pictured herself opening the
drawing-room door, and William and Cassandra looking up, and Ralph's
entrance a moment later, and the glances--the insinuations. No; she
could not face it. She would write him a letter and take it at once to
his house. She bought paper and pencil at the bookstall, and entered
an A.B.C. shop, where, by ordering a cup of coffee, she secured an
empty table, and began at vice to write:
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
in all this, are we to find a corner of responsibility for the king
of Samoa? Scanlon, the alleged author of the outrage, was a half-
white; as Becker was to learn to his cost, he claimed to be an
American subject; and he was not even in the king's employment.
Apia, the scene of the outrage, was outside the king's jurisdiction
by treaty; by the choice of Germany, he was not so much as allowed
to fly his flag there. And the denial of justice (if justice were
denied) rested with the consuls of Britain and the States.
But when a dog is to be beaten, any stick will serve. In the
meanwhile, on the proposition of Mr. Bayard, the Washington
conference on Samoan affairs was adjourned till autumn, so that
|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 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce:
from the front.
"The Yanks are repairing the railroads," said the man, "and
are getting ready for another advance. They have reached the
Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the
north bank. The commandant has issued an order, which is
posted everywhere, declaring that any civilian caught
interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels, or
trains will be summarily hanged. I saw the order."
"How far is it to the Owl Creek bridge?" Fahrquhar asked.
"About thirty miles."
"Is there no force on this side of the creek?"
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge