|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling:
it out any time if he wanted to get away, and that the window had
no fastenings. "What is the good of a man," he said to himself at
last, "if he does not understand man's talk? Now I am as silly
and dumb as a man would be with us in the jungle. I must speak
It was not for fun that he had learned while he was with the
wolves to imitate the challenge of bucks in the jungle and the
grunt of the little wild pig. So, as soon as Messua pronounced a
word Mowgli would imitate it almost perfectly, and before dark he
had learned the names of many things in the hut.
There was a difficulty at bedtime, because Mowgli would not
The Jungle Book
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Jolly Corner by Henry James:
the stranger, whoever he might be, evil, odious, blatant, vulgar,
had advanced as for aggression, and he knew himself give ground.
Then harder pressed still, sick with the force of his shock, and
falling back as under the hot breath and the roused passion of a
life larger than his own, a rage of personality before which his
own collapsed, he felt the whole vision turn to darkness and his
very feet give way. His head went round; he was going; he had
What had next brought him back, clearly - though after how long? -
was Mrs. Muldoon's voice, coming to him from quite near, from so
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Options by O. Henry:
natured, so I kept my temper. And I was trying to find out if he knew
anything about May Martha, so I endured his society.
In talking things over one afternoon he said to me:
"Suppose you do find her, Ed, whereby would you profit? Miss Mangum
has a mind. Perhaps it is yet uncultured, but she is destined for
higher things than you could give her. I have talked with no one who
seemed to appreciate more the enchantment of the ancient poets and
writers and the modern cults that have assimilated and expended their
philosophy of life. Don't you think you are wasting your time looking
"My idea," said I, "of a happy home is an eight-room house in a grove
|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 Hiero by Xenophon:
to newer heights of fame. Each several citizen claims to have shared
in the plan of the campaign, and to have slain the largest number.
Indeed it would be hard to find where false embellishment will not
creep in, the number stated to be the slain exceeding that of
those that actually perished. So truly glorious a thing it seems to
them to have won a great victory.
 Lit. "and further, wars there are, waged against forcibly-
subjected populations whether by free states"--e.g. of Olynthus,
"Hell." V. ii. 23, or Athens against her "subject allies" during
the Pel. war--"or by despotic rules"--Jason of Pherae ("Hell."
VI.) Al. "wars waged by free states against free states, and wars