|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
accurately, and I did so, while he glanced at a list he took from
"One set monogram cuff-links," he read, "one set plain pearl
links, one set cuff-links, woman's head set with diamonds and
emeralds. There is no mention of such a link as you describe,
and yet, if your theory is right, Mr. Armstrong must have taken
back in his cuffs one complete cuff-link, and a half, perhaps, of
The idea was new to me. If it had not been the murdered man who
had entered the house that night, who had it been?
"There are a number of strange things connected with this case,"
The Circular Staircase
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Jungle by Upton Sinclair:
the peculiar population. One would be tenderly solicitous. "Is your wife
pale?" it would inquire. "Is she discouraged, does she drag herself about
the house and find fault with everything? Why do you not tell her to try
Dr. Lanahan's Life Preservers?" Another would be jocular in tone,
slapping you on the back, so to speak. "Don't be a chump!" it would
exclaim. "Go and get the Goliath Bunion Cure." "Get a move on you!"
would chime in another. "It's easy, if you wear the Eureka Two-fifty Shoe."
Among these importunate signs was one that had caught the attention of
the family by its pictures. It showed two very pretty little birds
building themselves a home; and Marija had asked an acquaintance to read
it to her, and told them that it related to the furnishing of a house.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Symposium by Plato:
loves the good, what is it then that he loves?' 'The possession of the
good,' I said. 'And what does he gain who possesses the good?'
'Happiness,' I replied; 'there is less difficulty in answering that
question.' 'Yes,' she said, 'the happy are made happy by the acquisition
of good things. Nor is there any need to ask why a man desires happiness;
the answer is already final.' 'You are right.' I said. 'And is this wish
and this desire common to all? and do all men always desire their own good,
or only some men?--what say you?' 'All men,' I replied; 'the desire is
common to all.' 'Why, then,' she rejoined, 'are not all men, Socrates,
said to love, but only some of them? whereas you say that all men are
always loving the same things.' 'I myself wonder,' I said, 'why this is.'
|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 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
and used some thousands of times before, under that roof,
in every Bath season, yet the merit of their being spoken
with simplicity and truth, and without personal conceit,
might be something uncommon.
"How well your brother dances!" was an artless exclamation
of Catherine's towards the close of their conversation,
which at once surprised and amused her companion.
"Henry!" she replied with a smile. "Yes, he does
dance very well."
"He must have thought it very odd to hear me say I
was engaged the other evening, when he saw me sitting down.