|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson:
lay a prodigious quantity of fallen men and horses, clearly defined
upon the snow.
To complete the picture, those of the foot soldiers as had not
found place upon a ship still kept up an archery combat on the
borders of the port, and from the cover of the shoreside taverns.
In that quarter, also, one or two houses had been fired, and the
smoke towered high in the frosty sunlight, and blew off to sea in
Already close upon the margin of the woods, and somewhat in the
line of Holywood, one particular clump of fleeing horsemen riveted
the attention of the young watcher on the tower. It was fairly
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
once, puzzled. "You're not usually quixotic."
"When we get out into the country, Richey," I replied gravely, "I
am going to tell you another story, and if you don't tell me I'm a
fool and a craven, on the strength of it, you are no friend of mine."
We stumbled through the twilight of the staircase into the blackness
of the shuttered kitchen. The house had the moldy smell of closed
buildings: even on that warm September morning it was damp and chilly.
As we stepped into the sunshine McKnight gave a shiver.
"Now that we are out," he said, "I don't mind telling you that I
have been there before. Do you remember the night you left, and,
the face at the window?"
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
'I should have slain him, but in that hour I did not seek
vengeance, I watched it fall from heaven, and was content.
Perchance it is best so. The seeking of vengeance has brought all
my sorrows upon me; vengeance belongs to God and not to man, as I
have learned too late.'
'I do not think so,' said Otomie, and the look upon her face was
that look which I had seen when she smote the Tlascalan, when she
taunted Marina, and when she danced upon the pyramid, the leader of
the sacrifice. 'Had I been in your place, I would have killed him
by inches. When I had done with him, then the devils might begin,
|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 War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells:
"I'll sit here," said my brother, "if I may"; and he got upon
the empty front seat. The lady looked over her shoulder.
"Give me the reins," she said, and laid the whip along the
pony's side. In another moment a bend in the road hid
the three men from my brother's eyes.
So, quite unexpectedly, my brother found himself, panting,
with a cut mouth, a bruised jaw, and bloodstained knuckles,
driving along an unknown lane with these two women.
He learned they were the wife and the younger sister of
a surgeon living at Stanmore, who had come in the small
hours from a dangerous case at Pinner, and heard at some
War of the Worlds