|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
and the roar of cannon far to the northeast. And now he
gave the word to the commander of the reserve.
At a rapid trot the men moved forward behind the ex-
treme left end of the Luthanian left wing. They were almost
upon the Austrians before they emerged from the shelter of
the wood, and then with hoarse shouts and leveled bayonets
they charged the enemy's position. The fight there was the
bloodiest of the two long days. Back and forth the tide of
battle surged. In the thick of it rode the false king en-
couraging his men to greater effort. Slowly at last they bore
the Austrians from their trenches. Back and back they bore
The Mad King
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
"I remember him first coming ashore here some
years ago. Seems only the other day. He was a
nice boy. Oh! these nice boys!"
I could not help laughing aloud. He looked
startled, then joined in the laugh. "No! No!
I didn't mean that," he cried. "What I meant
is that some of them do go soft mighty quick out
Jocularly I suggested the beastly heat as the
first cause. But Captain Giles disclosed himself
possessed of a deeper philosophy. Things out
The Shadow Line
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
bones than thou hast, good master."
At this reply a great shout of laughter went up, and all looked at Robin Hood,
for each man knew that Little John spake of a certain fight that happened
between their master and himself, through which they first became acquainted.
"Nay," quoth Robin Hood, laughing louder than all. "Heaven forbid
that I should doubt thee, for I care for no taste of thy staff myself,
Little John. I must needs own that there are those of my band
can handle a seven-foot staff more deftly than I; yet no man
in all Nottinghamshire can draw gray goose shaft with my fingers.
Nevertheless, a journey to Ancaster may not be ill for thee;
so go thou, as I bid, and thou hadst best go this very evening,
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|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 Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
Muller gazed into space like a seer before whose mental eye a vision
has arisen, and continued in level tones: "Fellner had refused the
duel and the murderer was crazed by his desire for revenge. He came
here to the house, he must have known just how to enter the place,
how to reach the rooms, and he must have known also, that the
Professor, coward as he was - "
"Coward? Is a man a coward when he refuses to stand up to a maniac?"
Muller came back to the present with a start and said calmly,
"Fellner was a coward."
"Then you know more than you are telling me now?"