|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela:
"Yes: I'm Demetrio Macias!" he said, scarcely turn-
ing toward her.
Indifferently, she continued to swing her legs, display-
ing her blue stockings with ostentation.
"Hey, War Paint, what are you doing here? Step down
and have a drink!" said the man called Blondie.
The girl accepted readily and boldly thrust her way
through the crowd to a chair facing Demetrio.
"So you're the famous Demetrio Macias, the hero of
Zacatecas?" the girl asked.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
"But in confirmation of that view I proposed that he should come to
see whether, on this side of the Dent or on the other, there may not
be, high or low, some traces of an enclosure."
For a century the Dent de Vilard had been used by both parties without
coming to extremities; it stood as a sort of party wall between the
communes of Riceys and les Rouxey, yielding little profit. Indeed, the
object in dispute, being covered with snow for six months in the year,
was of a nature to cool their ardor. Thus it required all the hot
blast by which the revolution of 1830 inflamed the advocates of the
people, to stir up this matter, by which Monsieur Chantonnit, the
Maire of Riceys, hoped to give a dramatic turn to his career on the
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed by Edna Ferber:
into the house. And where is the nearest telephone?
Never mind; I'll find one."
When I had succeeded in finding the nearest drug
store I spent a wild ten minutes telephoning the
surprised little probation officer, then Frau Nirlanger,
and finally Blackie, for no particular reason. I
shrieked my story over the wire in disconnected,
incoherent sentences. Then I rushed back to the little
cottage where Alma Pflugel and I waited with what
patience we could summon.
Blackie was the first to arrive. He required few
|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 Koran:
thee that they will not associate aught with God, and will not
steal, and will not fornicate, and will not kill their children, and
will not bring a calumny which they have forged between their hands
and feet, and that they will not rebel against thee in what is
reasonable, then engage with them and ask forgiveness for them of
God;-verily, God is forgiving, compassionate.
O ye who believe! take not for patrons a people whom God is wrath
against; they despair of the hereafter, as the misbelievers despair of
the fellows of the tombs!
THE CHAPTER OF THE RANKS