|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
Madden took it as having been spoken. "I'm not disposed
to pretend that I'm overjoyed about it, you know,"
she said to him bluntly, as their hands dropped, and they
stood facing each other. "If I said I congratulated you,
it would be only the emptiest form. And I hate empty forms."
"Why should you think that I won't make a good husband?"
Thorpe asked the question with a good-natured if peremptory
frankness which came most readily to him in the presence
of this American lady, herself so outspoken and masterful.
"I don't know that I specially doubt it," she replied.
"I suppose any man has in him the makings of what is called
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
"Somebody told me you came on the part of M. le Prince. They
must have been mistaken, surely?"
"No, monseigneur; M. le Prince has charged me to convey this
letter to your royal highness, and I am to wait for an
answer to it."
Raoul had been a little annoyed by this cold and cautious
reception, and his voice insensibly sank to a low key.
The prince forgot that he was the cause of this apparent
mystery, and his fears returned.
He received the letter from the Prince de Conde with a
Ten Years Later
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Case of The Lamp That Went Out by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
one evidently the housekeeper, the other possibly the cook. The
latter was weeping openly and devoutly kissing the hand of her
mistress. The housekeeper discovered that a rug was missing and
sent the maid back for it, while the old servant helped the lady
into the carriage. The door of the carriage was wide open and
Muller had a good glimpse of the pale, sweet-faced and
delicate-looking young women who leaned back in her corner,
shivering and evidently ill. The servants bustled about, making
her comfortable, while her husband superintended the work with
anxious tenderness. He was a tall, fine-looking man with deep-set
grey eyes and a rich, sympathetic voice. He gave his orders to
|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 Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
him, are they not now obsolete, to a degree, that Empson and Dudley
themselves, if they were now alive, would find it impossible to put
them in execution?
It is likewise urged, that there are, by computation, in this
kingdom, above ten thousand parsons, whose revenues, added to those
of my lords the bishops, would suffice to maintain at least two
hundred young gentlemen of wit and pleasure, and free-thinking,
enemies to priestcraft, narrow principles, pedantry, and
prejudices, who might be an ornament to the court and town: and
then again, so a great number of able [bodied] divines might be a
recruit to our fleet and armies. This indeed appears to be a