|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne:
were overcome with sleep. Passepartout found himself beside the detective;
but he did not talk to him. After recent events, their relations with each
other had grown somewhat cold; there could no longer be mutual sympathy or
intimacy between them. Fix's manner had not changed; but Passepartout was very
reserved, and ready to strangle his former friend on the slightest provocation.
Snow began to fall an hour after they started, a fine snow, however,
which happily could not obstruct the train; nothing could be seen
from the windows but a vast, white sheet, against which the smoke
of the locomotive had a greyish aspect.
At eight o'clock a steward entered the car and announced that
the time for going to bed had arrived; and in a few minutes
Around the World in 80 Days
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
misery. For ten days or so men had come here. Wilkins had come,
for one, and there had been others. And had found nothing, and had
gone away. And now he was there, the end of the procession, to
look for God knows what.
He pulled the raincoat up around his shoulders, and lay back stiffly.
Then - he was not an imaginative man - he began to feel that eyes
were staring at him, furtive, hidden eyes, intently watching him.
Without moving he began to rake the cabin with his eyes, wall to
wall, corner to corner. He turned, cautiously, and glanced at the
door into the lean-to. It gaped, cavernous and empty. But the
sense of being watched persisted, and when he looked at the floor
The Breaking Point
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
possess. Let us reckon a little, if you please. You have the
bishopric of Metz?"
"The abbeys of St. Clement, St. Arnould, and St. Vincent,
all at Metz?"
"You have the abbey of St. Denis, in France, a magnificent
"You have the abbey of Cluny, which is rich?"
Ten Years Later
|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 Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey:
"Auntie, you make me very happy. I could ask no more," said Carley.
Swiftly as endless tasks could make them the days passed. But those on the
train dragged interminably.
Carley sent her aunt through to the Canyon while she stopped off at
Flagstaff to store innumerable trunks and bags. The first news she heard of
Glenn and the Hutters was that they had gone to the Tonto Basin to buy hogs
and would be absent at least a month. This gave birth to a new plan in
Carley's mind. She would doubly surprise Glenn. Wherefore she took council
with some Flagstaff business men and engaged them to set a force of men at
work on the Deep Lake property, making the improvements she desired, and
hauling lumber, cement, bricks, machinery, supplies--all the necessaries for
The Call of the Canyon