|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:
the ranch, rode out often to the scenes of the cattle drives and
watched the round-up, and every twenty-four hours brought her one
day nearer to his return, she told herself. Nora, too, was on the
lookout under her longlashed, roguish eyelids; and the two young
women discussed the subject of their lovers' return in that
elusive, elliptical way common to their sex.
No doubt each of these young women had conjectured as to the
manner of that homecoming and the meeting that would accompany
it; but it is safe to say that neither of them guessed in her
day-dreams how it actually was to occur.
Nora had been eager to see something of the round-up, and as she
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
the puffy monster got off her stool and screeched, stepping from
one foot to the other, while the trembling of her head was
accelerated to positive vibration. Byrne was quite disconcerted by
their excited behaviour. . . Yes! The big, fierce Ingles went away
in the morning, after eating a piece of bread and drinking some
wine. And if the caballero wished to follow the same path nothing
could be easier - in the morning.
"You will give me somebody to show me the way?" said Byrne.
"Si, senor. A proper youth. The man the caballero saw going out."
"But he was knocking at the door," protested Byrne. "He only
bolted when he saw me. He was coming in."
Within the Tides
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Ben Jonson Entertains a Man from Stratford:
Whatever there be, they'll be no more of that;
not changed, but noted as possibly incorrect -- should it be?:
Whatever there be, there'll be no more of that;
Then are as yet a picture in our vision.
Than are as yet a picture in our vision.
About the author: Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1869-1935.
From the Biographical Notes of "The Second Book of Modern Verse" (1919, 1920),
edited by Jessie B. Rittenhouse:
Robinson, Edwin Arlington. Born at Head Tide, Maine, Dec. 22, 1869.
|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 First Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln:
the Union at all events, and are glad of any pretext to do it, I will
neither affirm nor deny; but if there be such, I need address no word
to them. To those, however, who really love the Union may I not speak?
Before entering upon so grave a matter as the destruction of our
national fabric, with all its benefits, its memories, and its hopes,
would it not be wise to ascertain precisely why we do it?
Will you hazard so desperate a step while there is any possibility
that any portion of the ills you fly from have no real existence?
Will you, while the certain ills you fly to are greater than all
the real ones you fly from--will you risk the commission of so
fearful a mistake?