|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Peter Pan by James M. Barrie:
say fifteen shillings" -- and so on it went, and it added up
differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through,
with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles
treated as one.
There was the same excitement over John, and Michael had even a
narrower squeak; but both were kept, and soon, you might have seen
the three of them going in a row to Miss Fulsom's Kindergarten
school, accompanied by their nurse.
Mrs. Darling loved to have everything just so, and Mr. Darling
had a passion for being exactly like his neighbours; so, of
course, they had a nurse. As they were poor, owing to the amount
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
If they had to relinquish that summer the advantage of the bracing
climate the young man couldn't but suspect this failure of the cup
when at their very lips to have been the effect of a rude jostle of
his own. This had represented his first blow-out, as he called it,
with his patrons; his first successful attempt - though there was
little other success about it - to bring them to a consideration of
his impossible position. As the ostensible eve of a costly journey
the moment had struck him as favourable to an earnest protest, the
presentation of an ultimatum. Ridiculous as it sounded, he had
never yet been able to compass an uninterrupted private interview
with the elder pair or with either of them singly. They were
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
"Who is that rough-looking fellow?" said Sir Frederick Langley,
"and what has he to do with the quarrels of gentlemen?"
"I'se be a lad frae the Hie Te'iot," said Simon, "and I'se
quarrel wi' ony body I like, except the king, or the laird I live
"Come," said; Mareschal, "let us have no brawls.--Mr. Earnscliff;
although we do not think alike in some things, I trust we may be
opponents, even enemies, if fortune will have it so, without
losing our respect for birth, fair-play, and each other. I
believe you as innocent of this matter as I am myself; and I will
|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 King James Bible:
man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who
shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
ECC 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done
under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they
had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power;
but they had no comforter.
ECC 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than
the living which are yet alive.
ECC 4:3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who
hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
ECC 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for
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