|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde:
spilt milk. But when I think that they might lose their only son,
I certainly am very much affected."
"You certainly are!" cried the Bengal Light. "In fact, you are the
most affected person I ever met."
"You are the rudest person I ever met," said the Rocket, "and you
cannot understand my friendship for the Prince."
"Why, you don't even know him," growled the Roman Candle.
"I never said I knew him," answered the Rocket. "I dare say that
if I knew him I should not be his friend at all. It is a very
dangerous thing to know one's friends."
"You had really better keep yourself dry," said the Fire-balloon.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
Alison rose quietly and prepared to go; the men stood to let her
pass, save Sullivan who sat crouched in his chair, his face buried
in his hands. Hotchkiss, who had been tapping the desk with his
pencil, looked up abruptly and pointed the pencil at me.
"If all this is true, and I believe it is, - then who was in the
house next door, Blakeley, the night you and Mr. Johnson searched?
You remember, you said it was a woman's hand at the trap door."
I glanced hastily at Johnson, whose face was impassive. He had his
hand on the knob of the door and he opened it before he spoke.
"There were a number of scratches on Mrs. Conway's right hand," he
observed to the room in general. "Her wrist was bandaged and badly
The Man in Lower Ten
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
on with multiplying terrors and ruin. He could crush
and torture and despoil his enemies until he was tired.
The responsibility of having to decide when he would stop
grinding their faces might come to weigh upon him later on,
but he would not give it room in his mind to-night.
A picture of these faces of his victims shaped itself
out of the flames in the grate. They were moulded
in a family likeness, these phantom visages: they were
all Jewish, all malignant, all distorted with fright.
They implored him with eyes in which panic asserted itself
above rage and cunning. Only here and there did he recall
|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 Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
His sermon and his beard want cutting both:
Will you come with us, sir, and hear a text
From holy Jerome?
My liege, there are some matters -
Thou need'st make no excuse for missing mass.
[Exit with his suite into Cathedral.]