|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Margret Howth: A Story of To-day by Rebecca Harding Davis:
in the making of this man,--no sham about him, or borrowing.
They came down gradually, or out,--for, as I told you, they dug
into the very heart of the matter at first,--they came out
gradually to modern times. Things began to assume a more
familiar aspect. Spinoza, Fichte, Saint Simon,--one heard about
them now. If you could but have heard the school-master deal
with these his enemies! With what tender charity for the man,
what relentless vengeance for the belief, he pounced on them,
dragging the soul out of their systems, holding it up for slow
slaughter! As for Humanity, (how Knowles lingered on that word,
with a tenderness curious in so uncouth a mass of flesh!)--as for
Margret Howth: A Story of To-day
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber:
"You have saved my life," I called back. "It has been
a beast of a day. You may talk as much and as
importantly as you like, so long as I am kept cool."
"That was Von Gerhard," said I to Blackie, and tried
not to look uncomfortable.
"Mm," grunted Blackie, pulling at his pipe.
"Thoughtful, ain't he?"
I turned at the door. "He-- he's going away day
after to-morrow, Blackie," I explained, although no
explanation had been asked for, "to Vienna. He expects
to stay a year--or two--or three--"
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
equitatu veniret: alia ratione sese non esse venturum. Caesar, quod
neque conloquium interposita causa tolli volebat neque salutem suam
Gallorum equitatui committere audebat, commodissimum esse statuit omnibus
equis Gallis equitibus detractis eo legionarios milites legionis X., cui
quam maxime confidebat, imponere, ut praesidium quam amicissimum, si quid
opus facto esset, haberet. Quod cum fieret, non inridicule quidam ex
militibus X. legionis dixit: plus quam pollicitus esset Caesarem facere;
pollicitum se in cohortis praetoriae loco X. legionem habiturum ad equum
Planities erat magna et in ea tumulus terrenus satis grandis. Hic
locus aequum fere spatium a castris Ariovisti et Caesaris aberat. Eo, ut
|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 Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
The colour came into Morris's cheeks. He saw that he must win his
brother at any cost.
'You must please remember, Johnny,' he said, 'the amount of the
tontine. If I succeed, we shall have each fifty thousand to place
to our bank account; ay, and nearer sixty.'
'But if you fail,' returned John, 'what then? What'll be the
colour of our bank account in that case?'
'I will pay all expenses,' said Morris, with an inward struggle;
'you shall lose nothing.'
'Well,' said John, with a laugh, 'if the ex-s are yours, and