|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
"Perfectly," replied Thuillier, taking the precaution to fold the
letter himself and seal it. "Put the address," he added.
Then he rang the bell for the porter.
"You will carry this letter to its address," he said to the man, "and
bring back with you the person named. But will she be there?" he
asked, on reflection.
"It is more than probable," replied la Peyrade; "in any case, neither
you nor I will leave this room until she comes. This matter must be
"Then go!" said Thuillier to the porter, in a theatrical tone.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
when too late for interference. Sir Rowland, as it happened, was
"Silence!" blazed the Frenchman. "Now t'at I know who you are, t'at
make a so great difference. Where is t'e guard, Wentwort'?"
"I hear them," answered the captain, and from the street came the
tramp of their marching feet.
Feversham turned again to Blake. "T'e affaire `as `appen' so," he said,
between question and assertion, summing up the situation as he
understood it. "T'is rogue," and he pointed to Richard, "`ave betray
your plan to `is sister, who betray it to `er `usband, who save t'e
Duc de Monmoot'. N'est-ce pas?"
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
THE CHAPTER OF GILDING
IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
HA MIM. By the perspicuous Book, verily, we have made it an Arabic
Koran; haply ye will have some sense. And it is in the Mother of the
Book with us,-high and wise. Shall we then push aside from you the
Reminder, because ye are a people who are extravagant?
How many prophets have we sent amongst those of yore? and there
never came to them a prophet but they did mock at him; then we
destroyed them-more valiant than these; and the example of those of
|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 Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
and the dark, shadowy figure reappeared in the road.
Annie knew who it was; she knew that Tom Reed
was coming to see her. For a second, rapture seized
her, then dismay. How well she knew her sisters --
how very well! Not one of them would have given
him the slightest inkling of the true situation. They
would have told him, by the sweetest of insinuations,
rather than by straight statements, that she had left
her father's roof and come over here, but not one
word would have been told him concerning her vow
of silence. They would leave that for him to dis-