|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Alkahest by Honore de Balzac:
woman, was not lacking in this young girl, who had always despaired of
being loved; at first, the prospect of a struggle in which feeling and
sentiment would triumph over actual beauty tempted her; then, she
fancied a grandeur in giving herself to a man in whose love she did
not believe; finally, she was forced to admit that happiness, however
short its duration might be, was too precious to resign.
Such hesitations, such struggles, giving the charm and the
unexpectedness of passion to this noble creature, inspired Balthazar
with a love that was well-nigh chivalric.
The marriage took place at the beginning of the year 1795. Husband and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
receive from his own lips the directions for my future conduct.
Do not argue against my resolution, Janet; you will only confirm
me in it. And to own the truth, I am resolved to know my fate at
once, and from my husband's own mouth; and to seek him at
Kenilworth is the surest way to attain my purpose."
While Janet hastily revolved in her mind the difficulties and
uncertainties attendant on the unfortunate lady's situation, she
was inclined to alter her first opinion, and to think, upon the
whole, that since the Countess had withdrawn herself from the
retreat in which she had been placed by her husband, it was her
first duty to repair to his presence, and possess him with the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
If it were nowhere, it would be nothing; but being a whole, and not being
in itself, it must be in another.
The one then, regarded as a whole, is in another, but regarded as being all
its parts, is in itself; and therefore the one must be itself in itself and
also in another.
The one then, being of this nature, is of necessity both at rest and in
|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 Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum:
come to beg that you will favor them hereafter as you do other children."
Claus was pleased with this speech, for Castle Braun was the only
place he had never visited, and he gladly promised to bring presents
to the Baron's children the next Christmas Eve.
The Baron went away contented, and Claus kept his promise faithfully.
Thus did this man, through very goodness, conquer the hearts of all;
and it is no wonder he was ever merry and gay, for there was no home
in the wide world where he was not welcomed more royally than any king.
1. The Mantle of Immortality
And now we come to a turning-point in the career of Santa Claus, and
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus