|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Silas Marner by George Eliot:
"Dunsey will be coming home soon: there will be a great blow-up,
and how will you bribe his spite to silence?" said Anxiety.
"Oh, he won't come home before New Year's Eve, perhaps," said
Godfrey; "and I shall sit by Nancy then, and dance with her, and
get a kind look from her in spite of herself."
"But money is wanted in another quarter," said Anxiety, in a
louder voice, "and how will you get it without selling your
mother's diamond pin? And if you don't get it...?"
"Well, but something may happen to make things easier. At any
rate, there's one pleasure for me close at hand: Nancy is coming."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
had lost charm for each other. Did he not know Travis through and
through by now--her opinions, her ideas, her convictions? Was
there any more freshness in her for him? Was their little
flirtation of the last eighteen months, charming as it had been,
about to end? Had they played out the play, had they come to the
end of each other's resources? He had never considered the
possibility of this before, but all at once as he looked at
Travis--looked fairly into her little brown-black eyes--it was
borne in upon him that she was thinking precisely the same thing.
Condy Rivers had met Travis at a dance a year and a half before
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
plantation in the old days; with cheerful, careless,
demoralised slaves, with elected overseers, and, instead of
the planter, a chaotic popular assembly. If the blood be
purposeful and the soil strong, such a plantation may
succeed, and be, indeed, a busy ant-heap, with full granaries
and long hours of leisure. But even then I think the whip
will be in the overseer's hands, and not in vain. For, when
it comes to be a question of each man doing his own share or
the rest doing more, prettiness of sentiment will be
forgotten. To dock the skulker's food is not enough; many
will rather eat haws and starve on petty pilferings than put
|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 Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
been eliminated in more recent vessels of similar type.
Even when I took command, she was fit only for the junk
pile; but the world-old parsimony of government retained her
in active service, and sent two hundred men to sea in her,
with myself, a mere boy, in command of her, to patrol thirty
from Iceland to the Azores.
Much of my service had been spent aboard the great
merchantmen-of-war. These are the utility naval vessels
that have transformed the navies of old, which burdened the
peoples with taxes for their support, into the present day
fleets of self-supporting ships that find ample time for