|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Go-lat grunted again and continued to move away.
"Zu-tag will go alone and get him," cried the young ape,
"if Go-lat is afraid of the Gomangani."
The king ape wheeled in anger, growling loudly and beating
upon his breast. "Go-lat is not afraid," he screamed, "but he
will not go, for the white ape is not of his tribe. Go yourself
and take the Tarmangani's she with you if you wish so much
to save the white ape."
"Zu-tag will go," replied the younger bull, "and he will take
the Tarmangani's she and all the bulls of Go-lat who are not
Tarzan the Untamed
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Underground City by Jules Verne:
During several days he had been engaged in exploring the remote galleries
of the prodigious excavation towards the south. At last he scrambled with
difficulty up a narrow passage which branched off through the upper rock.
To his great astonishment, he suddenly found himself in the open air.
The passage, after ascending obliquely to the surface of the ground,
led out directly among the ruins of Dundonald Castle.
There was, therefore, a communication between New Aberfoyle and the hills
crowned by this ancient castle. The upper entrance to this gallery,
being completely concealed by stones and brushwood, was invisible
from without; at the time of their search, therefore, the magistrates
had been able to discover nothing.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young:
bonnet stopped near the playground and called Bessie Bell to her and
gave her some chocolate candy, every piece of candy folded up in its
own white paper.
Bessie Bell said: ``Thank you, ma'am.''
Then as the lady still stood by the playground Bessie Bell asked
her: ``Are you a Lady, ma'am ?''
``I have been called so,'' said the lady, smiling down at Bessie
``Or are you a Mama?'' asked Bessie Bell.
``Ah, said the lady; ``I am a Mama, too, but all my little girls
have grown up and left me.''
|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 Hated Son by Honore de Balzac:
character, inclined him to melancholy. His mother, too, was doomed to
live and die in the clouds of melancholy; and to him, from his birth
up, she was the only being that existed on the earth, and filled for
him the desert. Like all frail children, Etienne's attitude was
passive, and in that he resembled his mother. The delicacy of his
organs was such that a sudden noise, or the presence of a boisterous
person gave him a sort of fever. He was like those little insects for
whom God seems to temper the violence of the wind and the heat of the
sun; incapable, like them, of struggling against the slightest
obstacle, he yielded, as they do, without resistance or complaint, to
everything that seemed to him aggressive. This angelic patience