|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
flocked through the corridors bearing signs of deep concern upon
And amongst others who sought his majesty's presence was the
Archbishop of Canterbury, together with the Bishops of London,
Durham, Ely, and Bath and Wells; all being anxious to render
spiritual services to the king. Of these good men, Charles liked
best Dr. Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, having most faith in his
honesty. For, when his lordship was a prebend of Winchester, it
had happened Charles passed through that city, accompanied by
Nell Gwynn, when Dr. Ken refused to receive her beneath his roof
even at the king's request. This proof of integrity so pleased
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from 'Twixt Land & Sea by Joseph Conrad:
trouble. Jasper gave him a keen glance, but this was not the time
to investigate the morbid outbreak of a feverish man. He did not
look as though he were actually delirious, and that for the moment
must suffice. Schultz made a dart forward.
"That fellow means harm!" he said desperately. "He means harm to
you, Captain Allen. I feel it, and I - "
He choked with inexplicable emotion.
"All right, Schultz. I won't give him an opening." Jasper cut him
short and swung himself into the boat.
On board the Neptun Heemskirk, standing straddle-legs in the flood
of moonlight, his inky shadow falling right across the quarter-
'Twixt Land & Sea
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Unconscious Comedians by Honore de Balzac:
shabby lodgings in the rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs, and was amazed to
see the palace of his cousin in the rue de Berlin. Being told that the
painter was then travelling in Italy, he renounced, for the time
being, the intention of asking his advice, and doubted if he should
ever find his maternal relationship acknowledged by so great a man.
During the years 1843 and 1844 Gazonal attended to his lawsuit. This
suit concerned a question as to the current and level of a stream of
water and the necessity of removing a dam, in which dispute the
administration, instigated by the abutters on the river banks, had
meddled. The removal of the dam threatened the existence of Gazonal's
manufactory. In 1845, Gazonal considered his cause as wholly lost; the
|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 Young Forester by Zane Grey:
The tingling changed to a painful vibration, and perspiration stung my
face. The strain became unbearable. All of a sudden something seemed to
break within me, and my muscles began to ripple and shake. I had no power
to stop it. More than that, the feeling was so terrible that I knew I would
welcome discovery as a relief.
"Sh-s-s-h!" whispered some one below.
I turned my eyes down to the peep-hole. Bud had moved over squarely into
the light of the door. He was bending over something. Then he extended his
hand, back uppermost, toward Buell. On the back of that broad brown hand
were pieces of leaf and bits of pine-needles. The trembling of my body had
The Young Forester