|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Across The Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson:
but not to capture it at such a cost of suffering; and out would go
the candles, and off would I go to bed in the darkness raging to
think that the blow might fall on the morrow, and there was VOCES
FIDELIUM still incomplete. Well, the moths are - all gone, and
VOCES FIDELIUM along with them; only the fool is still on hand and
practises new follies.
Only one thing in connection with the harbour tempted me, and that
was the diving, an experience I burned to taste of. But this was
not to be, at least in Anstruther; and the subject involves a
change of scene to the sub-arctic town of Wick. You can never have
dwelt in a country more unsightly than that part of Caithness, the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley:
and apron, and a very high bridge to her nose (which is a sure mark
of high breeding), and a large pair of white spectacles on it,
which made her look rather odd: but it was the ancient fashion of
And instead of wings, she had two little feathery arms, with which
she fanned herself, and complained of the dreadful heat; and she
kept on crooning an old song to herself, which she learnt when she
was a little baby-bird, long ago -
"Two little birds they sat on a stone,
One swam away, and then there was one,
With a fal-lal-la-lady.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
des ailes de l'ange de la mort.
LE JEUNE SYRIEN. Princesse, je vous supplie de rentrer!
IOKANAAN. Ange du Seigneur Dieu, que fais-tu ici avec ton glaive?
Qui cherches-tu dans cet immonde palais? . . . Le jour de celui qui
mourra en robe d'argent n'est pas venu
IOKANAAN. Qui parle?
SALOME. Iokanaan! Je suis amoureuse de ton corps. Ton corps est
blanc comme le lis d'un pre que le faucheur n'a jamais fauche. Ton
corps est blanc comme les neiges qui couchent sur les montagnes,
comme les neiges qui couchent sur les montagnes de Judee, et
|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 Oakdale Affair by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
me. Notice his ears, his chin, his forehead, or rather the
places where his chin and forehead should be, and then
look once more at me. Which of us might be a murderer
and which a detective? I ask you.
"And as for yourself. I find you here in the depths of
the wood digging a lonely grave for a human corpse.
I ask myself: was this man murdered? but I do not say
that he was murdered. I wait for an explanation from
you, for you do not look a murderer, though I cannot
say as much for your desperate companion."
The girl looked straight into Bridge's eyes for a full
The Oakdale Affair