|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
for the second. 'Twill cost the King nothing if I re-draw it," I says.
'"There's a woman wishes it to be done quickly," he says.
"We'll stick to your first drawing, Master Dawe. But thirty
pounds is thirty pounds. You must make it less.'
'And all the while the faults in my draft fair leaped out and hit
me between the eyes. At any cost, I thinks to myself, I must get it
back and re-draft it. He grunts at me impatiently, and a splendid
thought comes to me, which shall save me. By the same token,
It was quite honest.'
'They ain't always,' says Mr Springett. 'How did you get out of it?'
'By the truth. I says to Master Fur Cap, as I might to you here, I
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
Of her voice, to some startled inquiry of hers
He replied not, but murmur'd, "Lucile de Nevers
Once again then? so be it!" In the mind of that man,
At that moment, there shaped itself vaguely the plan
Of a purpose malignant and dark, such alone
(To his own secret heart but imperfectly shown)
As could spring from the cloudy, fierce chaos of thought
By which all his nature to tumult was wrought.
"So!" he thought, "they meet thus: and reweave the old charm!
And she hangs on his voice, and she leans on his arm,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Poems of William Blake by William Blake:
Of him that walketh in the garden in the evening time.
The Lilly of the valley breathing in the humble grass
Answerd the lovely maid and said: I am a watry weed,
And I am very small and love to dwell in lowly vales:
So weak the gilded butterfly scarce perches on my head
Yet I am visited from heaven and he that smiles on all
Walks in the valley, and each morn over me spreads his hand
Saying, rejoice thou humble grass, thou new-born lily flower.
Thou gentle maid of silent valleys and of modest brooks:
For thou shall be clothed in light, and fed with morning manna:
Till summers heat melts thee beside the fountains and the springs
Poems of William Blake
|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 Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner:
only be gone about three months. So I went. I left those women there, and
a lot of stuff in the garden and some sugar and rice, and I told them not
to leave till I came back; and I asked the other man to keep an eye on
them. Both those women were Mashonas. They always said the Mashonas
didn't love the Matabele; but, by God, it turned out that they loved them
better than they loved us. They've got the damned impertinence to say,
that the Matabele oppressed them sometimes, but the white man oppresses
them all the time!
"Well, I left those women there," said Peter, dropping his hands on his
knees. "Mind you, I'd treated those women really well. I'd never given
either of them one touch all the time I had them. I was the talk of all