|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom by William and Ellen Craft:
Come, pluck up heart, let's neither faint nor fear;
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,--
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe."
However, the sobbing was soon over, and after a
few moments of silent prayer she recovered her
self-possession, and said, "Come, William, it is
getting late, so now let us venture upon our peril-
We then opened the door, and stepped as softly
out as "moonlight upon the water." I locked the
door with my own key, which I now have before me,
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Domestic Peace by Honore de Balzac:
"Can it be true?" said the Countess.
"On my word of honor."
"Thank you, my dear Colonel," replied Madame de Vaudremont, with a
glance full of invitation.
"Will you do me the honor of dancing with me?"
"Yes; but the next quadrille. During this one I want to find out what
will come of this little intrigue, and to ascertain who the little
blue lady may be; she looks intelligent."
The Colonel, understanding that Madame de Vaudremont wished to be
alone, retired, well content to have begun his attack so well.
At most entertainments women are to be met who are there, like Madame
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
brother-in-law, who subscribed the funds and built the
institution. This act of benevolence on the part of Dr. Hopkins
and his friends appealed to the Chinese sense of generosity, and
when the building was completed, a large number of Chinese
officials, together with Prince Chun and Prince Pu Lun, were
present at its dedication. A number of addresses were made by
such men as Major Conger, the American minister, Bishop Moore, Na
Tung, Governor Hu, General Chiang, and others of the older
representatives, in which they expressed their appreciation of
the generosity which prompted a man like Dr. Hopkins to give not
only himself, but his money, for the education of the Chinese
|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 Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
of the window?" the little man asked.
"The windows are covered with mosquito netting, nailed on. The
mister blamed it on the children, and it might have been Obadiah.
He's the quiet kind, and you never know what he's about."
"He's about to strangle, isn't he," McKnight remarked lazily, "or
is that Obadiah?"
Mrs. Carter picked the boy up and inverted him, talking amiably all
the time. "He's always doing it," she said, giving him a shake.
"Whenever we miss anything we look to see if Obadiah's black in the
face." She gave him another shake, and the quarter I had given him
shot out as if blown from a gun. Then we prepared to go back to
The Man in Lower Ten