|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
flies over; when it comes out again it is fiery. The men and women feel it
burning their backs, their breasts and their arms; they feel their bodies
expanding, coming alive...so that they make large embracing gestures, lift
up their arms, for nothing, swoop down on a girl, blurt into laughter.
Lemonade! A whole tank of it stands on a table covered with a cloth; and
lemons like blunted fishes blob in the yellow water. It looks solid, like
a jelly, in the thick glasses. Why can't they drink it without spilling
it? Everybody spills it, and before the glass is handed back the last
drops are thrown in a ring.
Round the ice-cream cart, with its striped awning and bright brass cover,
the children cluster. Little tongues lick, lick round the cream trumpets,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
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?"
Muller nodded. "Yes, I do," he answered with a smile. "But I will
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
children, but between adults and adults. We shall not always look on
indifferently at foolish marriages and financial speculations, nor
allow dead men to control live communities by ridiculous wills and
living heirs to squander and ruin great estates, nor tolerate a
hundred other absurd liberties that we allow today because we are too
lazy to find out the proper way to interfere. But the interference
must be regulated by some theory of the individual's rights. Though
the right to live is absolute, it is not unconditional. If a man is
unbearably mischievous, he must be killed. This is a mere matter of
necessity, like the killing of a man-eating tiger in a nursery, a
venomous snake in the garden, or a fox in the poultry yard. No
|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 Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson:
done. But he was a part of the eldest son; rejoicing manfully to
launch the boat into the surf, skilful to direct the helm, and a
man of might where the ring closes and the blows are going.
XX. - THE SONG OF THE MORROW.
THE King of Duntrine had a daughter when he was old, and she was
the fairest King's daughter between two seas; her hair was like
spun gold, and her eyes like pools in a river; and the King gave
her a castle upon the sea beach, with a terrace, and a court of the
hewn stone, and four towers at the four corners. Here she dwelt
and grew up, and had no care for the morrow, and no power upon the
hour, after the manner of simple men.