|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Juana by Honore de Balzac:
time, when the rest of the household were asleep. If Montefiore had
not been one of those libertines whom the habit of gallantry enables
to retain their self-possession under all circumstances, he might have
been lost a dozen times during those ten days. A young lover, in the
simplicity of a first love, would have committed the enchanting
imprudences which are so difficult to resist. But he did resist even
Juana herself, Juana pouting, Juana making her long hair a chain which
she wound about his neck when caution told him he must go.
The most suspicious of guardians would however have been puzzled to
detect the secret of their nightly meetings. It is to be supposed
that, sure of success, the Italian marquis gave himself the ineffable
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells:
I thought, something of their human past.
I went on shouting, I scarcely remember what,--that Moreau
and Montgomery could be killed, that they were not to be feared:
that was the burden of what I put into the heads of the Beast People.
I saw the green-eyed man in the dark rags, who had met me on
the evening of my arrival, come out from among the trees, and others
followed him, to hear me better. At last for want of breath
"Listen to me for a moment," said the steady voice of Moreau;
"and then say what you will."
"Well?" said I.
The Island of Doctor Moreau
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
had borrowed at sundry times of the said abbot: for the abbots
and the bishops were the chief usurers of those days, and,
as the end sanctifies the means, were not in the least scrupulous
of employing what would have been extortion in the profane,
to accomplish the pious purpose of bringing a blessing on the land
by rescuing it from the frail hold of carnal and temporal
into the firmer grasp of ghostly and spiritual possessors.
But the earl, confident in the number and attachment of
his retainers, stoutly refused either to repay the money,
which he could not, or to yield the forfeiture, which he would not:
a refusal which in those days was an act of outlawry in a gentleman,
|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 Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
lad helped to supply what was lacking in the other. Myles was
replete with old Latin gestes, fables, and sermons picked up
during his school life, in those intervals of his more serious
studies when Prior Edward had permitted him to browse in the
greener pastures of the Gesta Romanorum and the Disciplina
Clericalis of the monastery library, and Gascoyne was never weary
of hearing him tell those marvellous stories culled from the
crabbed Latin of the old manuscript volumes.
Upon his part Gascoyne was full of the lore of the waiting-room
and the antechamber, and Myles, who in all his life had never
known a lady, young or old, excepting his mother, was never tired
Men of Iron