|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Eve and David by Honore de Balzac:
might end by dangling from a gibbet, garroted, impaled, guillotined in
your French fashion, I should not care a rap; but they should not have
my head until I had crushed my enemies under my heel."
Lucien was silent; he had no wish to draw the priest out any further.
"Some are descended from Cain and some from Abel," the canon
concluded; "I myself am of mixed blood--Cain for my enemies, Abel for
my friends. Woe to him that shall awaken Cain! After all, you are a
Frenchman; I am a Spaniard, and, what is more, a canon."
"What a Tartar!" thought Lucien, scanning the protector thus sent to
him by Heaven.
There was no sign of the Jesuit, nor even of the ecclesiastic, about
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
pulled from off their backs?
And then suddenly, while he was speculating, there stood the
doctor, signaling to him. His turn had come!
The doctor was a man about forty years of age, robust, with every
appearance of a strong character. In the buttonhole of the frock
coat he wore was a red rosette, the decoration of some order.
Confused and nervous as George was, he got a vague impression of
the physician's richly furnished office, with its bronzes,
marbles and tapestries.
The doctor signaled to the young man to be seated in the chair
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Zu-tag was evidently waiting for darkness to fall before
carrying out whatever plans had matured in his savage little
brain, for he and his fellows sat quietly in the tree about her,
watching the preparations of the blacks. Presently it became
apparent that some altercation had arisen among the Negroes,
for a score or more of them were gathered around one who ap-
peared to be their chief, and all were talking and gesticulating
heatedly. The argument lasted for some five or ten minutes
when suddenly the little knot broke and two warriors ran to the
opposite side of the village from whence they presently re-
turned with a large stake which they soon set up beside the
Tarzan the Untamed
|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 Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
"Do you know what has become of Athos?" asked D'Artagnan of
Planchet, as they galloped on.
"Ah, monsieur," said Planchet, "I saw one fall at each of his two
shots, and he appeared to me, through the glass door, to be
fighting with his sword with the others."
"Brave Athos!" murmured D'Artagnan, "and to think that we are
compelled to leave him; maybe the same fate awaits us two paces
hence. Forward, Planchet, forward! You are a brave fellow."
"As I told you, monsieur," replied Planchet, "Picards are found
out by being used. Besides, I am here in my own country, and
The Three Musketeers