|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
though certainly you'll admit that, as gnats, they are fine, eh?
But you oughtn't to remain in the city."
"So we think," said Lord Lambeth. "If you would kindly suggest something--"
"Suggest something, my dear sir?" and Mr. Westgate looked at him,
narrowing his eyelids. "Open your mouth and shut your eyes!
Leave it to me, and I'll put you through. It's a matter of national
pride with me that all Englishmen should have a good time;
and as I have had considerable practice, I have learned to minister
to their wants. I find they generally want the right thing.
So just please to consider yourselves my property; and if anyone
should try to appropriate you, please to say, 'Hands off;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
So at last he came to the Sign of the Blue Boar. "For," quoth he to himself,
"our good friend Eadom will tell me all the news."
At the Sign of the Blue Boar he found a band of the Sheriffs
men drinking right lustily; so, without speaking to anyone,
he sat down upon a distant bench, his staff in his hand,
and his head bowed forward as though he were meditating.
Thus he sat waiting until he might see the landlord apart, and Eadom
did not know him, but thought him to be some poor tired friar,
so he let him sit without saying a word to him or molesting him,
though he liked not the cloth. "For," said he to himself,
"it is a hard heart that kicks the lame dog from off the sill."
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
parties in taxicabs kept appearing on the sandy plain to
reconnoiter the fleet and fortress. They circled, they swooped,
they dashed, they zigzagged here and there, but always at a high
rate of speed, and always at a prudent distance from the canal.
Beyond sending an occasional rifle ball whistling towards the
wheels of the cabs, or over the heads of the occupants, to remind
them to keep their distance, Cleggett paid but little attention
to these parties. If Loge thought him demented, if he had his
enemy guessing, so much the better. The eccentric movements of
these cabs was a circumstance which in itself testified to Loge's
bewilderment and curiosity.
|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 Agesilaus by Xenophon:
Xenophon the Athenian was born 431 B.C. He was a
pupil of Socrates. He marched with the Spartans,
and was exiled from Athens. Sparta gave him land
and property in Scillus, where he lived for many
years before having to move once more, to settle
in Corinth. He died in 354 B.C.
The Agesilaus summarises the life of his Spartan
friend and king, whom he met after the events of
This was typed from Dakyns' series, "The Works of Xenophon," a