|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
finger; so I made him a curtsy and accepted it. Then he takes
out another ring: 'And this,' says he, 'is for another occasion,'
so he puts that in his pocket. 'Well, but let me see it, though,'
says I, and smiled; 'I guess what it is; I think you are mad.'
'I should have been mad if I had done less,' says he, and still
he did not show me, and I had a great mind to see it; so I says,
'Well, but let me see it.' 'Hold,' says he, 'first look here';
then he took up the roll again and read it, and behold! it was
a licence for us to be married. 'Why,' says I, 'are you distracted?
Why, you were fully satisfied that I would comply and yield
at first word, or resolved to take no denial.' 'The last is
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
roamed wildly around the great stone, exhausting his voice in
shrieks and imprecations, that thrilled wildly along the waste
The two sportsmen moved on some time in silence, until they were
out of hearing of these uncouth sounds, which was not ere they
had gained a considerable distance from the pillar that gave name
to the moor. Each made his private comments on the scene they
had witnessed, until Hobbie Elliot suddenly exclaimed, "Weel,
I'll uphaud that yon ghaist, if it be a ghaist, has baith done
and suffered muckle evil in the flesh, that gars him rampauge in
that way after he is dead and gane."
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and snuggled well down among the sheepskins.
I questioned at first if I were sleepy, for I felt my heart beating
faster than usual, as if with an agreeable excitement to which my
mind remained a stranger. But as soon as my eyelids touched, that
subtle glue leaped between them, and they would no more come
separate. The wind among the trees was my lullaby. Sometimes it
sounded for minutes together with a steady, even rush, not rising
nor abating; and again it would swell and burst like a great
crashing breaker, and the trees would patter me all over with big
drops from the rain of the afternoon. Night after night, in my own
bedroom in the country, I have given ear to this perturbing concert
|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 People That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
no way of knowing. I could but trust to chance. It never
occurred to me that Nobs had made the crossing at least once,
possibly a greater number of times, and that he might lead me
to the pass; and so it was with no idea of assistance that I
appealed to him as a man alone with a dumb brute so often does.
"Nobs," I said, "how the devil are we going to cross those cliffs?"
I do not say that he understood me, even though I realize that
an Airedale is a mighty intelligent dog; but I do swear that he
seemed to understand me, for he wheeled about, barking joyously
and trotted off toward the west; and when I didn't follow him,
he ran back to me barking furiously, and at last taking hold of
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