|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
up there - that money?"
Gypsy Nan forced a twisted smile.
"It means I know how bad I am, or I wouldn't have let you see what
you have," she answered heavily. "It means that there isn't any
other way. Hurry! Get these things off! Get me dressed!"
But it took a long time. Gypsy Nan seemed with every moment to
grow weaker. The lamp on the chair went out for want of oil. There
was only the guttering candle in the gin bottle to give light. It
threw weird, flickering shadows around the garret; it seemed to
enhance the already deathlike pallor of the woman, as, using the
pitcher of water and the basin from the washstand now, Rhoda Gray
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Verses 1889-1896 by Rudyard Kipling:
Or startin' a Board School mutiny along o' the Onion Guards;
But once in a while we can finish in style for the ends of the earth to view,
The same as the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
They come of our lot, they was brothers to us;
they was beggars we'd met an' knew;
Yes, barrin' an inch in the chest an' the arm, they was doubles o' me an' you;
For they weren't no special chrysanthemums -- soldier an' sailor too!
To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,
Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;
But to stand an' be still to the ~Birken'ead~ drill
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from U. S. Project Trinity Report by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer:
13. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Public Relations Office. "Los
Alamos: Beginning of an Era, 1943-1945." Atomic Energy Commission.
Los Alamos, NM.: LASL. 1967. 65 Pages.**
14. Oppenheimer, J. R. Memorandum for Group Leaders, Subject:
TRINITY Test. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Los Alamos, NM.
June 14, 1945. 2 Pages.**
15. Palmer, T. O., Maj., USA. Evacuation Detachment at TRINITY.
[Manhattan Engineer District, Army Corps of Engineers.] [Los Alamos,
NM.] [18 July 1945.] 2 Pages.**
16. Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Company, Inc. [Personnel
Radiation Exposures, 1945, 1946] Las Vegas, NV. Microfilm.****
|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 Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
anxiety, the brave knight turned to his lady love for succor and
advice, and she, with a swiftness that surprised him and a nobility
that made him love her more deeply than ever, told him that of course
he must put the interest of the kingdom above his personal happiness.
She then flew into his arms and burst into inconsolable sobbing for
longer than we have time to look in on.
The contest began and proceeded remarkably well, with only the loss
of a too-curious cow and a few luckless birds at the hands of the
less accomplished suitors. Sir Fassade shot well that day, achieving
a personal best. As each arrow hit, closer and closer toward the
middle of the target, it made the princess clap a little louder and