|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Chance by Joseph Conrad:
violent conquest of Flora de Barral we must admit also that this
eager appropriation was truly the act of a man of solitude and
desire; a man also, who, unless a complete imbecile, must have been
a man of long and ardent reveries wherein the faculty of sincere
passion matures slowly in the unexplored recesses of the heart. And
I know also that a passion, dominating or tyrannical, invading the
whole man and subjugating all his faculties to its own unique end,
may conduct him whom it spurs and drives, into all sorts of
adventures, to the brink of unfathomable dangers, to the limits of
folly, and madness, and death.
To the man then of a silence made only more impressive by the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
admires Miss Darcy, he is in the smallest degree less sensible of
YOUR merit than when he took leave of you on Tuesday, or
that it will be in her power to persuade him that, instead of being
in love with you, he is very much in love with her friend."
"If we thought alike of Miss Bingley," replied Jane, "your
representation of all this might make me quite easy. But I know
the foundation is unjust. Caroline is incapable of wilfully
deceiving anyone; and all that I can hope in this case is that she
is deceiving herself."
"That is right. You could not have started a more happy idea,
since you will not take comfort in mine. Believe her to be
Pride and Prejudice
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
GO, LITTLE BOOK - THE ANCIENT PHRASE
GO, little book - the ancient phrase
And still the daintiest - go your ways,
My Otto, over sea and land,
Till you shall come to Nelly's hand.
How shall I your Nelly know?
By her blue eyes and her black brow,
By her fierce and slender look,
And by her goodness, little book!
What shall I say when I come there?
You shall speak her soft and fair:
|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 Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
and forcible, that no sound man would be bothered with. Of course
Geoffrey Renouard did not tell his journalist friend that the
suggestions of his own face, the face of a friend, bothered him as
much as the others. He detected a degrading quality in the touches
of age which every day adds to a human countenance. They moved and
disturbed him, like the signs of a horrible inward travail which
was frightfully apparent to the fresh eye he had brought from his
isolation in Malata, where he had settled after five strenuous
years of adventure and exploration.
"It's a fact," he said, "that when I am at home in Malata I see no
Within the Tides