|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
whitest in the world, his smile corrected the severity of his face,
as a whole. At certain moments, that pure brow and that voluptuous
smile presented a singular contrast. His eyes were small, but his
glance was large.
At the period of his most abject misery, he had observed that
young girls turned round when he passed by, and he fled or hid,
with death in his soul. He thought that they were staring at him
because of his old clothes, and that they were laughing at them;
the fact is, that they stared at him because of his grace, and that
they dreamed of him.
This mute misunderstanding between him and the pretty passers-by
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson:
is no shadow of a quarrel, and indeed I hope we shall see a great
deal of him in the future, for his visits will always be welcome in
our house. Of course, father, you will know best, but perhaps we
should do better to leave Mr. Will's house for the present. I
believe, after what has passed, we should hardly be agreeable
inmates for some days.'
Will, who had commanded himself with difficulty from the first,
broke out upon this into an inarticulate noise, and raised one hand
with an appearance of real dismay, as if he were about to interfere
and contradict. But she checked him at once looking up at him with
a swift glance and an angry flush upon her cheek.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
misbelieve hold Him to have peers.
He it is who created you from clay; then He decreed a term,- a
term ordained with Him. And yet ye doubt thereof.
He is God in the heavens and the earth. He knows your secret conduct
and your plain, and He knows what ye earn.
There came not to them any sign of the signs of their Lord, but they
turned away; and they have called the truth a lie now that it has come
to them, but there shall come to them the message of that at which
Do not they see how many a generation we have destroyed before them,
whom we had settled in the earth as we have not settled for you, and
|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 A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
complaint. The Scanlon house stood on the hither side of the
Tamasese breastwork, just inside the newly accepted territory, and
within easy range of the firm. Armed men, to the number of a
hundred, had issued from Mulinuu, had "taken charge" of the house,
had pointed a gun at Scanlon's head, and had twice "threatened to
kill" his pigs. I hear elsewhere of some effects (GEGENSTANDE)
removed. At the best a very pale atrocity, though we shall find
the word employed. Germans declare besides that Scanlon was no
American subject; they declare the point had been decided by court-
martial in 1875; that Blacklock had the decision in the consular
archives; and that this was his reason for handing the affair to