|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
And yet nobody living came," he added to himself in an uneasy
whisper. "Are you mute? Speak!" he repeated.
In a rush of words which broke out after a short struggle from
her trembling lips she told him the tale of Nina's love and her
own jealousy. Several times he looked angrily into her face and
told her to be silent; but he could not stop the sounds that
seemed to him to run out in a hot stream, swirl about his feet,
and rise in scalding waves about him, higher, higher, drowning
his heart, touching his lips with a feel of molten lead, blotting
out his sight in scorching vapour, closing over his head,
merciless and deadly. When she spoke of the deception as to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
soon, an' then we'll hev a couple of wild Texas steers ridin' the
range. I've a heap to worry me."
"Let Stewart take his mysterious trips into the mountains. Here,
Stillwell, I have news for you that may give you reason for
worry. I have letters from home. And my sister, with a party of
friends, is coming out to visit me. They are society folk, and
one of them is an English lord."
"Wal, Miss Majesty, I reckon we'll all be glad to see them," said
Stillwell. "Onless they pack you off back East."
"That isn't likely," replied Madeline, thoughtfully. "I must go
back some time, though. Well, let me read you a few extracts
The Light of Western Stars
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy:
clearly stated, would have been that the elusive
quality of her sex which attracts men in general might
be distasteful to so perfect a man after an avowal of
love, since it must in its very nature carry with it a
suspicion of art.
The country custom of unreserved comradeship out of
doors during betrothal was the only custom she knew,
and to her it had no strangeness; though it seemed
oddly anticipative to Clare till he saw how normal a
thing she, in common with all the other dairy-folk,
regarded it. Thus, during this October month of
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman
|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 Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
As he spoke, Jav, turning from the battle for an instant,
caught his words. He saw the girl move to accompany the
Heliumite. A cunning look leaped to the Lotharian's eyes.
The thing that lay beyond that look had been deep
in his heart since first he had laid eyes upon Thuvia
of Ptarth. He had not recognized it, however, until now
that she seemed about to pass out of his existence.
He centred his mind upon the Heliumite and the girl
for an instant.
Carthoris saw Thuvia of Ptarth step forward with
outstretched hand. He was surprised at this sudden softening
Thuvia, Maid of Mars