|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Christ in Flanders by Honore de Balzac:
peasant would say, "the sky glowered like an executioner." Suddenly a
wind arose from the quarter of the sunset, and the skipper, who never
took his eyes off the sea, saw the swell on the horizon line, and
The sailors stopped immediately, and let their oars lie on the water.
"The skipper is right," said Thomas coolly. A great wave caught up the
boat, carried it high on its crest, only to plunge it, as it were,
into the trough of the sea that seemed to yawn for them. At this
mighty upheaval, this sudden outbreak of the wrath of the sea, the
company in the stern turned pale, and sent up a terrible cry.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
"Well, as you like. I can hear you to-morrow at any time if you
have anything to say. Bah! After you have seen the Sultan
Lakamba you will not want to return here, Inchi Dain. You will
see. Only mind, I will have nothing to do with Lakamba. You may
tell him so. What is your business with me, after all?"
"To-morrow we talk, Tuan, now I know you," answered the Malay.
"I speak English a little, so we can talk and nobody will
understand, and then--"
He interrupted himself suddenly, asking surprised, "What's that
Almayer had also heard the increasing noise of the scuffle
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from War and the Future by H. G. Wells:
rendered all their positions uncomfortable and insecure. This
obnoxious post was practically inaccessible either from above or
below, and it barred the Italians even from looking into the Val
Travenanzes which it defended. It was, in fact, an impregnable
position, and against it was pitted the invincible 5th Group of
the Alpini. It was the old problem of the irresistible force in
conflict with the immovable object. And the outcome has been the
biggest military mine in all history.
The business began in January, 1916, with surveys of the rock in
question. The work of surveying for excavations, never a very
simple one, becomes much more difficult when the site is occupied
|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 Of The Nature of Things by Lucretius:
By the water's undulations; as a basin
Sometimes won't come to rest until the fluid
Within it ceases to be rocked about
In random undulations.
When subterranean winds, up-gathered there
In the hollow deeps, bulk forward from one spot,
And press with the big urge of mighty powers
Against the lofty grottos, then the earth
Bulks to that quarter whither push amain
The headlong winds. Then all the builded houses
Of The Nature of Things