|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
to have a chest of silver or a chest of gold.
"And now for your story, holy knight," said Fortunatus to St.
George "for twas your turn, only for this fair lady who came in
"Aye, aye," said the saint; "I suppose it was, in sooth, my turn.
Ne'th'less, it gives me joy to follow so close so fair and lovely
a lady." And as he spoke he winked one eye at Cinderella,
beckoned towards her with his cup of ale, and took a deep draught
to her health. "I shall tell you," said he, as soon as he had
caught his breath again, "a story about an angel and a poor man
who travelled with him, and all the wonderful things the poor man
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes:
three hundred to which thou art bound; it will be all to the good, and
to make a beginning with a thing is to have it half finished."
"By God," said Sancho, "but your worship must be out of your senses!
This is like the common saying, 'You see me with child, and you want
me a virgin.' Just as I'm about to go sitting on a bare board, your
worship would have me score my backside! Indeed, your worship is not
reasonable. Let us be off to shave these duennas; and on our return
I promise on my word to make such haste to wipe off all that's due
as will satisfy your worship; I can't say more."
"Well, I will comfort myself with that promise, my good Sancho,"
replied Don Quixote, "and I believe thou wilt keep it; for indeed
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Drama on the Seashore by Honore de Balzac:
applied symmetrically. "I asked a peasant-woman who was busy sticking
them on, why it was done; she answered that she was making fuel. Could
you have imagined that when those patches of dung have dried, human
beings would collect them, store them, and use them for fuel? During
the winter, they are even sold as peat is sold. And what do you
suppose the best dressmaker in the place can earn?--five sous a day!"
adding, after a pause, "and her food."
"But see," I said, "how the winds from the sea bend or destroy
everything. There are no trees. Fragments of wreckage or old vessels
that are broken up are sold to those who can afford to buy; for costs
of transportation are too heavy to allow them to use the firewood with
|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 An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw:
those who, seeing little in the faces of the living miss little
in the faces of the dead. The arrangement of the black hair on
the pillow, the soft drapery, and the flowers placed there by the
nurse to complete the artistic effect to which she had so
confidently referred, were lost on him; he saw only a lifeless
mask that had been his wife's face, and at sight of it his knees
failed, and he had to lean for support on the rail at the foot of
When he looked again the face seemed to have changed. It was no
longer a waxlike mask, but Henrietta, girlish and pathetically at
rest. Death seemed to have cancelled her marriage and womanhood;