|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Baby Mine by Margaret Mayo:
and you can come right up."
"And if he is in the room?" asked Jimmy with a fine shade of
"If he IS in the room," explained Zoie, "you must wait outside
until I can get rid of him."
Jimmy turned his eyes toward Aggie to ask if it were possible
that she still approved of Zoie's inhuman plan. For answer Aggie
stroked his coat collar fondly.
"We'll give you the signal the moment the coast is clear," she
said, then she hurriedly buttoned Jimmy's large ulster and wound
a muffler about his neck. "There now, dear, do go, you're all
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
(all more thickly set than the true one with finger-posts
and milestones, not one of which tells truth), that a traveller
has need of some one who knows the way, or the odds go hard
against him that he will ever see the face of Saint Peter."
"But there must surely be some reason," said Sir Ralph,
"for father Peter's apprehension."
"None," said brother Michael, "but the apprehension itself; fear being
its own father, and most prolific in self-propagation. The lady did,
it is true, once signalize her displeasure against our little brother,
for reprimanding her in that she would go hunting a-mornings instead
of attending matins. She cut short the thread of his eloquence by
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Euthyphro by Plato:
gods are agreed in approving of our prosecution of him? And must you not
allow that what is hated by one god may be liked by another? Waiving this
last, however, Socrates proposes to amend the definition, and say that
'what all the gods love is pious, and what they all hate is impious.' To
this Euthyphro agrees.
Socrates proceeds to analyze the new form of the definition. He shows that
in other cases the act precedes the state; e.g. the act of being carried,
loved, etc. precedes the state of being carried, loved, etc., and therefore
that which is dear to the gods is dear to the gods because it is first
loved of them, not loved of them because it is dear to them. But the pious
or holy is loved by the gods because it is pious or holy, which is
|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 Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
rather bewildered eyes.
Then, one night at dinner, a telegram was brought in, and she knew
it was the expected word. She felt her mother's eyes on her, and
she sat very still with her hands clenched in her lap. But her
father did not read it at the table; he got up and went out, and
some time later he came to the door. The telegram was not in sight.
"That was from Harrison Miller," he said. "He has traced Dick to
a hotel at Norada, but he had left the hotel, and he hasn't got in
touch with him yet."
He went away then, and they heard the house door close.
Then, some days later, she learned that Harrison Miller was coming
The Breaking Point