|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
hope, and suffer all things. Forgiveness of sins must be continuous so
that sin and error may not be defended and sustained. But with doctrine
there must be no error, no need of pardon. There can be no comparison
between doctrine and life. The least little point of doctrine is of greater
importance than heaven and earth. Therefore we cannot allow the least
jot of doctrine to be corrupted. We may overlook the offenses and errors of
life, for we daily sin much. Even the saints sin, as they themselves confess
in the Lord's Prayer and in the Creed. But our doctrine, God be praised, is
pure, because all the articles of our faith are grounded on the Holy
VERSE 11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Main Street by Sinclair Lewis:
start a kind of Little Theater here. It was dreadful. I must
tell you about it----"
Two hours later, when Kennicott came over to greet Fern
and to yawn, "Look here, Carrie, don't you suppose you better
be thinking about turning in? I've got a hard day tomorrow,"
the two were talking so intimately that they constantly
interrupted each other.
As she went respectably home, convoyed by a husband, and
decorously holding up her skirts, Carol rejoiced, "Everything
has changed! I have two friends, Fern and---- But who's
the other? That's queer; I thought there was---- Oh, how
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Several Works by Edgar Allan Poe:
threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand.
I looked at him in surprise. He repeated the movement--a
"You do not comprehend?" he said.
"Not I," I replied.
"Then you are not of the brotherhood."
"You are not of the masons."
"Yes, yes," I said; "yes, yes."
"You? Impossible! A mason?"
"A mason," I replied.
|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 An Open Letter on Translating by Dr. Martin Luther:
God willing, all of it will also serve to his honor, joyfully and
sincerely. I may be insulted by the scribblers and papists but
true Christians, along with Christ, their Lord, bless me.
Further, I am more than amply rewarded if just one Christian
acknowledge me as a workman with integrity. I do not care about
the papists, as they are not good enough to acknowledge my work
and, if they were to bless me, it would break my heart. I may be
insulted by their highest praise and honor, but I will still be a
doctor, even a distinguished one. I am certain that they shall
never take from me until the final day.
Yet I have not just gone ahead, ignoring the exact wording in the