|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
look to the other aide, and hold a nose. I saw them plain, and they
had grey eyes, and their screens upon their heads were of the Drummed
I was thus in the poorest of spirits, though still pretty resolved,
when I came in view of Pilrig, a pleasant gabled house set by the
walkside among some brave young woods. The laird's horse was standing
saddled at the door as I came up, but himself was in the study, where
he received me in the midst of learned works and musical instruments,
for he was not only a deep philosopher but much of a musician. He
greeted me at first pretty well, and when he had read Rankeillor's
letter, placed himself obligingly at my disposal.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen:
As soon as she met with Edmund she told him her distress.
"Cousin," said she, "something is going to happen which I
do not like at all; and though you have often persuaded me
into being reconciled to things that I disliked at first,
you will not be able to do it now. I am going to live
entirely with my aunt Norris."
"Yes; my aunt Bertram has just told me so. It is quite settled.
I am to leave Mansfield Park, and go to the White House,
I suppose, as soon as she is removed there."
"Well, Fanny, and if the plan were not unpleasant to you,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
less abundant as he neared the summit beyond which was a
sparse growth of sickly scrub and sunburned grasses, with here
and there a gnarled and hardy tree that had withstood the
vicissitudes of an almost waterless existence.
From the summit of the hills Tarzan's keen eyes searched
the arid landscape before him. In the distance he discerned
the ragged tortuous lines that marked the winding course of the
hideous gorges which scored the broad plain at intervals -- the
terrible gorges that had so nearly claimed his life in punish-
ment for his temerity in attempting to invade the sanctity of
their ancient solitude.
Tarzan the Untamed
|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 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
doubted not but they would get up with him at last: no question but
But here we had a most horrible sight; for riding up to the
entrance where the horse came out, we found the carcasses of
another horse and of two men, devoured by the ravenous creatures;
and one of the men was no doubt the same whom we heard fire the
gun, for there lay a gun just by him fired off; but as to the man,
his head and the upper part of his body was eaten up. This filled
us with horror, and we knew not what course to take; but the
creatures resolved us soon, for they gathered about us presently,
in hopes of prey; and I verily believe there were three hundred of