|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
them something, Harvey dear - if it is only a reminder that there are
homes in the world, and everything is not mud and waiting and killing."
She told him that his picture was on her mantel, but she did not say
that a corner of her room had been blown away or that the mantel was
but a plank from a destroyed house. And she sent a great deal of love,
but she did not say that she no longer wore his ring on her finger.
And of course she was coming back to him if he still wanted her.
More than Henri's absence was troubling Sara Lee those days. Indeed she
herself laid all her anxiety to one thing, a serious one at that. With
all the marvels of Henri's buying, and Jean's, her money was not holding
out. The scope of the little house had grown with its fame. Now and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
Once he gained a triumph that for many a day was very sweet under
the tongue of his memory. As was said before, he had been three
times to the market-town at fair-time, and upon the last of these
occasions he had fought a bout of quarterstaff with a young
fellow of twenty, and had been the conqueror. He was then only a
little over fourteen years old.
Old Diccon, who had gone with him to the fair, had met some
cronies of his own, with whom he had sat gossiping in the
ale-booth, leaving Myles for the nonce to shift for himself.
By-and-by the old man had noticed a crowd gathered at one part of
the fair-ground, and, snuffing a fight, had gone running, ale-pot
Men of Iron
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Elizabeth and her German Garden by Marie Annette Beauchamp:
when there was no getting Minora to come to tea, so deeply was she
engaged in conversation with Miss Jones.
"Oh, my dear, how can I tell? Lovers, I <152> suppose,
or else they think they are clever, and then they talk rubbish."
"Well, of course, Minora thinks she is clever."
"I suppose she does. What does it matter what she thinks?
Why does your governess look so gloomy? When I see her at luncheon
I always imagine she must have just heard that somebody is dead.
But she can't hear that every day. What is the matter with her? "
"I don't think she feels quite as proper as she looks,"
I said doubtfully; I was for ever trying to account for
Elizabeth and her German Garden
|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 Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
his arms over his head in a luxury of satisfaction.
"That just about settles that campaign," he said to Newmark.
"Oh, no, it doesn't," replied the latter decidedly.
"Why?" asked Orde, surprised. "You don't imagine he'll do anything
"No, but I will," said Newmark.
Early in the fall the baby was born. It proved to be a boy. Orde,
nervous as a cat after the ordeal of doing nothing, tiptoed into the
darkened room. He found his wife weak and pale, her dark hair
framing her face, a new look of rapt inner contemplation rendering