|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
earlier flight, the familiar associations of the trail, must have
helped rather than hindered his fixation in the past. Again he
was Judson Clark, who had killed a man, and was flying from himself
and from pursuit.
Before long his horse was in acute distress, but he did not notice
it. At the top of the long climb the animal stopped, but he kicked
him on recklessly. He was as unaware of his own fatigue, or that
he was swaying in the saddle, until galloping across a meadow the
horse stumbled and threw him.
He lay still for some time; not hurt but apparently lacking the
initiative to get up again. He had at that period the alternating
The Breaking Point
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lin McLean by Owen Wister:
what might easy enough be so, but there's Billy. Maybe he'd not mind, but
maybe he would after a while; and I am kind o' set on--well--he didn't
have a good time till he shook that home of his, and I'm going to make
this old bitch of a world pay him what she owes him, if I can. Now you'll
drop joshing, won't yu'?" His forehead was moist over getting the thing
said and laying bare so much of his soul.
"And so the world owes us a good time, Lin?" said I.
He laughed shortly. "She must have been dead broke, then, quite a while,
you bet! Oh no. Maybe I used to travel on that basis. But see here" (Lin
laid his hand on my shoulder), "if you can't expect a good time for
yourself in reason, you can sure make the kids happy out o' reason, can't
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
many parts as measures; and so with that to which it is equal, and that
than which it is less.
And being greater and less than itself, and equal to itself, it will be of
equal measures with itself and of more and fewer measures than itself; and
if of measures then also of parts?
And being of equal parts with itself, it will be numerically equal to
itself; and being of more parts, more, and being of less, less than itself?
And the same will hold of its relation to other things; inasmuch as it is
|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 1492 by Mary Johntson:
My Catalans were not wholly depressed. Behind their
wrecked ship stood merchants who would furnish another
bark. The master would have had me wait at San Lucar
until he went forth again. But I was bound for the strand
by Palos and the gray, piling Atlantic.
August was the month and the day warm. The first of
August in the year 1492. Two leagues east of Palos I
overtook three men trudging that way, and talking now
loudly and angrily and now in a sullen, dragging fashion.
I had seen between this road and ocean a fishing hamlet
and I made out that they were from this place. They