|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin:
literature instead of war!
Have yet patience with me, while I read you a single sentence out of
the only book, properly to be called a book, that I have yet written
myself, the one that will stand (if anything stand), surest and
longest of all work of mine.
"It is one very awful form of the operation of wealth in Europe that
it is entirely capitalists' wealth which supports unjust wars. Just
wars do not need so much money to support them; for most of the men
who wage such, wage them gratis; but for an unjust war, men's bodies
and souls have both to be bought; and the best tools of war for them
besides, which make such war costly to the maximum; not to speak of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:
that -- having now done all that humanity, or principle, or, if
so it were, a refined cruelty, impelled him to do for the relief
of physical suffering -- he was next to treat with her as the man
whom she had most deeply and irreparably injured.
"Hester," said he, "I ask not wherefore, nor how thou hast
fallen into the pit, or say, rather, thou hast ascended to the
pedestal of infamy on which I found thee. The reason is not far
to seek. It was my folly, and thy weakness. I -- a man of
thought -- the book-worm of great libraries -- a man already in
decay, having given my best years to feed the hungry dream of
The Scarlet Letter
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
other members were looking at her expectantly, and that this
answer was inadequate, so she supported it by asking another
question. "A copy of what?"
Her companions bent their expectant gaze on Mrs. Plinth, who, in
turn, appeared less sure of herself than usual. "Why, of--of--
the book," she explained.
"What book?" snapped Miss Van Vluyck, almost as sharply as Osric
Mrs. Ballinger looked at Laura Glyde, whose eyes were
interrogatively fixed on Mrs. Leveret. The fact of being
deferred to was so new to the latter that it filled her with an
|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 Waste Land by T. S. Eliot:
_V._ Baudelaire, Preface to _Fleurs du Mal_.
II. A GAME OF CHESS
77. Cf. _Antony and Cleopatra_, II. ii. 190.
92. Laquearia. _V. Aeneid_, I. 726:
dependent lychni laquearibus aureis incensi, et noctem flammis
98. Sylvan scene. _V._ Milton, _Paradise Lost_, iv. 140.
99. _V._ Ovid, METAMORPHOSES, vi, Philomela.
100. Cf. Part III, 1. 204.
115. Cf. Part III, 1. 195.
118. Cf. Webster: 'Is the wind in that door still?'
The Waste Land