|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
is legally a deadly weapon. You've got to make tracks,
that's all there is to it."
Merriam complained of the cold querulously, and
asked for another drink. "Did you notice what big
veins he had on the back of his hands?" he said. "I
never could stand -- I never could -- "
"Take one more," said Wade, "and then come on.
I'll see you through."
Wade kept his promise so well that at eleven o'clock
the next morning Merriam, with a new suit case full of
new clothes and hair-brushes, stepped quietly on board
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from La Grenadiere by Honore de Balzac:
and she will stay at Tours no doubt. But what will you do for yourself
and your brother?"
She raised herself, and looked at the brave child, standing by her
bedside. There were drops of perspiration on his forehead, he was pale
with emotion, and his eyes were dim with tears.
"I have thought it over, mother," he answered in a deep voice. "I will
take Marie to the school here in Tours. I will give ten thousand
francs to our old Annette, and ask her to take care of them, and to
look after Marie. Then, with the remaining two thousand francs, I will
go to Brest, and go to sea as an apprentice. While Marie is at school,
I will rise to be a lieutenant on board a man-of-war. There, after
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
Catholics. Something of this peculiar radiance invests everything
he does or says, or that is said or done in his name; the robe of
office covers everything and legalizes everything done by his
orders; does not his very title--His Excellency--vouch for the
purity of his intentions and the righteousness of his will, and
serve as a sort of passport and introduction to ideas that
otherwise would not be entertained for a moment? Pronounce the
words "His Excellency," and these poor folk will forthwith
proceed to do what they would not do for their own interests.
Passive obedience is as well known in a Government department as
in the army itself; and the administrative system silences
|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 The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
on her face.
"Return to thy chamber," he thundered. "I will give
thee until tomorrow to decide whether thou wilt ac-
cept Peter of Colfax as thy husband, or take another
position in his household which will bar thee for all time
from the society of thy kind."
The girl turned toward him, the laugh still playing on
"I will be wife to no buffoon; to no clumsy old clown;
to no debauched, degraded parody of a man. And
as for thy other rash threat, thou hast not the guts to
The Outlaw of Torn