|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Essays & Lectures by Oscar Wilde:
apprentices, and even their religious pictures are full of the
portraits of their friends and relations, but they do not seem to
have had the inestimable advantage of the existence of a class of
people whose sole profession is to pose. In fact the model, in our
sense of the word, is the direct creation of Academic Schools.
Every country now has its own models, except America. In New York,
and even in Boston, a good model is so great a rarity that most of
the artists are reduced to painting Niagara and millionaires. In
Europe, however, it is different. Here we have plenty of models,
and of every nationality. The Italian models are the best. The
natural grace of their attitudes, as well as the wonderful
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Mountains by Stewart Edward White:
already mentioned that knows but two or three kinds
of feed. As time went on he became thinner and
thinner. The other horses prospered, but Tunemah
failed. He actually did not know enough to take
care of himself; and could not learn. Finally, when
about two months out, we traded him at a cow-camp
for a little buckskin called Monache.
So much for the saddle-horses. The pack-animals
A study of Dinkey's character and an experience
of her characteristics always left me with mingled
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
'Are you then resident for life in England?' he inquired,
with a strange lightening of spirit.
'You ask too much, for you ask more than I know,' she
answered sadly; and then, resuming her gaiety of manner:
'But you have not tried my Cuban tobacco,' she said.
'Senorita,' said he, shyly abashed by some shadow of coquetry
in her manner, 'whatever comes to me - you - I mean,' he
concluded, deeply flushing, 'that I have no doubt the tobacco
'Ah, Senor,' she said, with almost mournful gravity, 'you
seemed so simple and good, and already you are trying to pay
|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 Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells:
rose to its feet, and the missile fell fair on its left temple.
The skull rang loud, and the animal-man blundered into me,
thrust me back with its hands, and went staggering past me to fall
headlong upon the sand with its face in the water; and there it lay
I could not bring myself to approach that black heap. I left
it there, with the water rippling round it, under the still stars,
and giving it a wide berth pursued my way towards the yellow glow
of the house; and presently, with a positive effect of relief,
came the pitiful moaning of the puma, the sound that had
originally driven me out to explore this mysterious island.
The Island of Doctor Moreau