|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
the Vampire in that Holy circle. And yet even there would be the wolf!
I resolve me that my work lay here, and that as to the wolves we must submit,
if it were God's will. At any rate it was only death and freedom beyond.
So did I choose for her. Had it but been for myself the choice had been easy,
the maw of the wolf were better to rest in than the grave of the Vampire!
So I make my choice to go on with my work.
I knew that there were at least three graves to find, graves that
are inhabit. So I search, and search, and I find one of them.
She lay in her Vampire sleep, so full of life and voluptuous
beauty that I shudder as though I have come to do murder.
Ah, I doubt not that in the old time, when such things were,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott:
ladies call a sacque--that is, a sort of robe completely loose in
the body, but gathered into broad plaits upon the neck and
shoulders, which fall down to the ground, and terminate in a
species of train.
"I thought the intrusion singular enough, but never harboured for
a moment the idea that what I saw was anything more than the
mortal form of some old woman about the establishment, who had a
fancy to dress like her grandmother, and who, having perhaps (as
your lordship mentioned that you were rather straitened for room)
been dislodged from her chamber for my accommodation, had
forgotten the circumstance, and returned by twelve to her old
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
"The -- you say!"
THE ROADS WE TAKE
TWIENTY miles West of Tucson, the "Sunset Express"
stopped at a tank to take on water. Besides the aqueous,
addition the engine of that famous flyer acquired some
other things that were not good for it.
While the fireman was lowering the feeding hose,
Bob Tidball, "Shark" Dodson and a quarter-bred Creek
Indian called John Big Dog climbed on the engine and
showed the engineer three round orifices in pieces of
ordnance that the carried. These orifices so impressed
|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 Vailima Prayers & Sabbath Morn by Robert Louis Stevenson:
accorded us this day; for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies, that make
our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth,
and our friendly helpers in this foreign isle. Let peace abound in
our small company. Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Offenders,
give us the grace to accept and to forgive offenders. Forgetful
ourselves, help us to bear cheerfully the forgetfulness of others.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our
friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all
our innocent endeavours. If it may not, give us the strength to