|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Beast in the Jungle by Henry James:
he found himself wondering if he oughtn't to have begun, so to
speak, further back.
He found himself wondering indeed at many things, and this last
speculation had others to keep it company. What could he have
done, after all, in her lifetime, without giving them both, as it
were, away? He couldn't have made known she was watching him, for
that would have published the superstition of the Beast. This was
what closed his mouth now--now that the Jungle had been thrashed to
vacancy and that the Beast had stolen away. It sounded too foolish
and too flat; the difference for him in this particular, the
extinction in his life of the element of suspense, was such as in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll:
a hair's breadth, towards "furious," you will say "furious-fuming;" but if you
have the rarest of gifts, a perfectly balanced mind, you will say "frumious."
Supposing that, when Pistol uttered the well-known words--
"Under which king, Bezonian? Speak or die!"
Justice Shallow had felt certain that it was either William or Richard, but
had not been able to settle which, so that he could not possibly say either
name before the other, can it be doubted that, rather than die, he would have
gasped out "Rilchiam!"
Fit the First
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
The Hunting of the Snark
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:
Nur. Hie to your Chamber, Ile find Romeo
To comfort you, I wot well where he is:
Harke ye your Romeo will be heere at night,
Ile to him, he is hid at Lawrence Cell
Iul. O find him, giue this Ring to my true Knight,
And bid him come, to take his last farewell.
Enter Frier and Romeo.
Fri. Romeo come forth,
Come forth thou fearfull man,
Affliction is enamor'd of thy parts
Romeo and Juliet
|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 Salome by Oscar Wilde:
UN SADDUCEEN. Les anges n'existent pas.
UN PHARISIEN. Les anges existent, mais je ne crois pas que cet
homme leur ait parle.
LE PREMIER NAZAREEN. Il a ete vu par une foule de passants parlant
avec des anges.
UN SADDUCEEN. Pas avec des anges.
HERODIAS. Comme ils m'agacent, ces hommes! Ils sont betes. Ils
sont tout e fait betes. [Au page.] Eh! bien, mon eventail. [Le
page lui donne l'eventail.] Vous avez l'air de rever. Il ne faut
pas rever. Les reveurs sont des malades. [Elle frappe le page avec