|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Letters from England by Elizabeth Davis Bancroft:
veritable "Bracebridge Hall," and that his uncle had passed his
On arriving here we found our rooms all ready for us at Long's
Hotel, kept by Mr. Markwell, a wine merchant. The house is in New
Bond Street, in the very centre of movement at the West End, and Mr.
Markwell full of personal assiduity, which we never see with us. He
comes to the carriage himself, gives me his arm to go upstairs, is
so much obliged to us for honoring his house, ushers you in to
dinner, at least on the first day, and seats you, etc., etc.
Do not imagine us in fresh, new-looking rooms as we should be in New
York or Philadelphia. No, in London even new things look old, but
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Odyssey by Homer:
the sea-banks, shedding big tears, Circe meanwhile had gone
her ways and made fast a ram and a black ewe by the dark
ship, lightly passing us by: who may behold a god against
his will, whether going to or fro?'
Odysseus, his descent into hell, and discourses with the
ghosts of the deceased heroes.
'Now when we had gone down to the ship and to the sea,
first of all we drew the ship unto the fair salt water and
placed the mast and sails in the black ship, and took those
sheep and put them therein, and ourselves too climbed on
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
momentous Broadwood grand--was deposited in Mr Pitman's studio.
CHAPTER VIII. In Which Michael Finsbury Enjoys a Holiday
Punctually at eight o'clock next morning the lawyer rattled
(according to previous appointment) on the studio door. He found
the artist sadly altered for the worse--bleached, bloodshot, and
chalky--a man upon wires, the tail of his haggard eye still
wandering to the closet. Nor was the professor of drawing less
inclined to wonder at his friend. Michael was usually attired in
the height of fashion, with a certain mercantile brilliancy best
described perhaps as stylish; nor could anything be said against
him, as a rule, but that he looked a trifle too like a wedding
|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 Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
says, in speaking with great eulogiums of that part of the
Constitution which empowers the Executive to nominate the judges:
"It is indeed probable that the men who are best fitted to
discharge the duties of this high office would have too much
reserve in their manners, and too much austerity in their
principles, for them to be returned by the majority at an
election where universal suffrage is adopted." Such were the
opinions which were printed without contradiction in America in
the year 1830!
I hold it to be sufficiently demonstrated that universal
suffrage is by no means a guarantee of the wisdom of the popular