|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
was looking at her. Her bonnet wasn't big enough to hide her face,
and she feared he might think the joy it betrayed unmaidenly.
"Did you believe that I should go with no farewell to those
who haf been so heavenly kind tome?" he asked so reproachfully
that she felt as if she had insulted him by the suggestion, and
"No, I didn't. I knew you were busy about your own affairs,
but we rather missed you, Father and Mother especially."
"I'm always glad to see you, sir."
In her anxiety to keep her voice quite calm, Jo made it rather
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wife, et al by Anton Chekhov:
pine-wood which is visible from my window. Nature seems to me as
beautiful as it always has been, though some evil spirit whispers
to me that these pines and fir trees, birds, and white clouds on
the sky, will not notice my absence when in three or four months
I am dead. Katya loves driving, and she is pleased that it is
fine weather and that I am sitting beside her. She is in good
spirits and does not say harsh things.
"You are a very good man, Nikolay Stepanovitch," she says. "You
are a rare specimen, and there isn't an actor who would
understand how to play you. Me or Mihail Fyodorovitch, for
instance, any poor actor could do, but not you. And I envy you, I
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare:
Will she away to-night?
As you'll have her.
I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,
Given order for our horses; and to-night,
When I should take possession of the bride,
End ere I do begin.
|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 Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare:
For I have sworn thee fair; more perjur'd I,
To swear against the truth so foul a lie.!
Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep:
A maid of Dian's this advantage found,
And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;
Which borrow'd from this holy fire of Love,
A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
And grew a seeting bath, which yet men prove
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.