|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from U. S. Project Trinity Report by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer:
Data from Test Detonations 1945-1962. Vol. 1: "Continental US Tests."
Washington, D. C.: Defense Nuclear Agency. DNA 1251-1(EX.). 1979.
619 Pages. (A99) AD/AO79 309.*
6. Groves, Leslie R., LTG, USA. Memorandum for Secretary of War,
[Subject: TRINITY]. [Washington, D.C.] 18 July 1945. 13 Pages.**
7. Groves, Leslie R., LTG, USA (Ret.). Now It Can Be Told: The Story
of the Manhattan Project. New York, NY.: Harper and Row. 1962. 444
8. Headquarters, 9812th Technical Service Unit, Provisional
Detachment No. I (Company "B"). [Extract from: Daily Diary,
Provisional Detachment No. 1 (Company "B"), 9812th Technical Service
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Duchesse de Langeais by Honore de Balzac:
"Why, what else are we talking about?" demanded Montriveau.
"Monsieur, you frighten me ! . . . No, pardon me. Thank you,"
she added, coldly; "thank you, Armand. You have given me timely
warning of imprudence; committed quite unconsciously, believe it,
my friend. You know how to endure, you say. I also know how to
endure. We will not see each other for a time; and then, when
both of us have contrived to recover calmness to some extent, we
will think about arrangements for a happiness sanctioned by the
world. I am young, Armand; a man with no delicacy might tempt a
woman of four-and-twenty to do many foolish, wild things for his
sake. But YOU! You will be my friend, promise me that you
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
hall, and burst in the door of the next room. There was a woman in
there with her clothes on fire. She'd upset a coal-oil stove, or
something. The man Pinkie had seen beats the fire out, and
everybody in the tenement begins to collect around the door. And
then Pinkie goes pop-eyed. The man's face was the face of the White
Moll's dude pal - but he had on the Pug's clothes. Pinkie's a wise
guy. He slips away to me without getting himself in the limelight
or spilling any beans. And I didn't ask him if he'd been punching
the needle again overtime, either. It fitted like a glove with what
happened at old Luertz's last night. You don't know about that.
Pinkie and this double-crossing snitch went there - and only found
|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 She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith:
MARLOW. You see, my old friend, the fellow is as drunk as he can
possibly be. I don't know what you'd have more, unless you'd have the
poor devil soused in a beer-barrel.
HARDCASTLE. Zounds! he'll drive me distracted, if I contain myself any
longer. Mr. Marlow--Sir; I have submitted to your insolence for more
than four hours, and I see no likelihood of its coming to an end. I'm
now resolved to be master here, sir; and I desire that you and your
drunken pack may leave my house directly.
MARLOW. Leave your house!----Sure you jest, my good friend! What?
when I'm doing what I can to please you.
She Stoops to Conquer