|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
betrothed husband, and she shall marry him or pain will be bred
to some of you."
Then up spake stout Edward in a loud and angry voice, "Now I say nay!
I am her father, and she shall marry Sir Stephen and none other."
Now all this time, while everything was in turmoil about him,
Sir Stephen had been standing in proud and scornful silence.
"Nay, fellow," said he coldly, "thou mayst take thy daughter back again;
I would not marry her after this day's doings could I gain all
merry England thereby. I tell thee plainly, I loved thy daughter,
old as I am, and would have taken her up like a jewel from
the sty, yet, truly, I knew not that she did love this fellow,
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
ground in the northern hemisphere of Barsoom. For two
weeks no word has come back from them, but rumours were
rife that they had met with a terrible disaster and
that all were dead.
"About this time Zat Arras renewed his importunities for
her hand in marriage. He has been for ever after her since
you disappeared. She hated him and feared him, but with
both her father and grandfather gone, Zat Arras was very
powerful, for he is still Jed of Zodanga, to which position,
you will remember, Tardos Mors appointed him after you
had refused the honour.
The Gods of Mars
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes:
Following the melancholy musicians there filed into the garden as
many as twelve duennas, in two lines, all dressed in ample mourning
robes apparently of milled serge, with hoods of fine white gauze so
long that they allowed only the border of the robe to be seen.
Behind them came the Countess Trifaldi, the squire Trifaldin of the
White Beard leading her by the hand, clad in the finest unnapped black
baize, such that, had it a nap, every tuft would have shown as big
as a Martos chickpea; the tail, or skirt, or whatever it might be
called, ended in three points which were borne up by the hands of
three pages, likewise dressed in mourning, forming an elegant
geometrical figure with the three acute angles made by the three
|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 Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
unusually brilliant light, and from the noble phares of La Heve the
same light flashes across the sea. These are Faraday's sparks
exalted by suitable machinery to sunlike splendour. At the present
moment the Board of Trade and the Brethren of the Trinity House, as
well as the Commissioners of Northern Lights, are contemplating the
introduction of the Magneto-electric Light at numerous points upon
our coasts; and future generations will be able to refer to those
guiding stars in answer to the question. What has been the practical
use of the labours of Faraday? But I would again emphatically say,
that his work needs no such justification, and that if he had
allowed his vision to be disturbed by considerations regarding the