|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Case of The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
written confession and here am I myself. Shall we go. now?"
Herbert Thorne handed the detective his notebook with its important
contents and then walked slowly back along the road he had come.
Muller walked a little behind him, while Mrs. Bernauer was at his
side. As in days long past, they walked hand in hand.
With eyes full of pity Muller watched them, and he heard Thorne
give his old nurse orders for the care of his wife. She was to take
Mrs. Thorne to Graz to her father, then to return herself to Vienna
and take care of the house as usual, until his attorney could settle
up his affairs and sell the property. For Thorne said that neither
he nor his wife would ever want to set foot in the house again. He
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Hellenica by Xenophon:
who came out to them, supported by the solemn assurance of the men in
power themselves, who swore to guarantee them against evil
consequences, that some of them finally consented to return home.
Presented to their eyes was the spectacle of a tyranny in full
exercise, and to their minds the consciousness of the obliteration of
their city, seeing that boundaries were plucked up and the land of
their fathers had come to be re-entitled by the name of Argos instead
of Corinth; and furthermore, compulsion was put upon them to share in
the constitution in vogue at Argos, for which they had ltitle
appetite, while in their own city they wielded less power than the
resident aliens. So that a party sprang up among them whose creed was,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
as for me, my life is in God's hands.'
He fell upon the ground like a man struck by a blow, but
whether from the effect of my words, or from sudden seizure
of the malady, I cannot tell. Pretty soon, he raised his
head. 'You have brought me here to die,' he said; 'at the
risk of your own days, you have condemned me. Why?'
'To save my honour,' I replied. 'Bear me out that I have
warned you. Greed of these pebbles, and not I, has been your
He took out his revolver and handed it to me. 'You see,' he
said, 'I could have killed you even yet. But I am dying, as
|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 Under the Andes by Rex Stout:
Harry moved about uneasily on his hard bed, saying nothing.
Finally, despite Desiree's energetic protests, I rose to my knees
and insisted that she rest herself. We seemed none of us to be
scarcely aware of what we were doing; our movements had a curious
purposelessness about them that gave the thing an appearance of
unreality--I know not what; it comes to my memory as some
indistinct and haunting nightmare.
Suddenly, as I sat gazing dully into the semidarkness of the
cavern, I saw that which drove the apathy from my brain with a
sudden shock, at the same time paralyzing my senses. I strained my
eyes ahead; there could be no doubt of it; that black, slowly