|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac:
the students, that the dying man felt their hot tears falling on
him, and gave a shrill cry of delight.
"There is life in him yet," said Bianchon.
"What does he go on living for?" said Sylvie.
"To suffer," answered Rastignac.
Bianchon made a sign to his friend to follow his example, knelt
down and pressed his arms under the sick man, and Rastignac on
the other side did the same, so that Sylvie, standing in
readiness, might draw the sheet from beneath and replace it with
the one that she had brought. Those tears, no doubt, had misled
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
"I wanted you to kiss me, because of what you said. But that will have
to be all, Henri dear."
"All?" he said blankly.
"You haven't forgotten, have you? I - I am engaged to somebody else."
Henri stood still, swaying a little.
"And you love him? More than you care for me?"
"He is - he is my kind," said Sara Lee rather pitifully. "I am not what
you think me. You see me here, doing what you think is good work, and
you are grateful. And you don't see any other women. So I-"
"And you think I love you because I see no one else?" he demanded, still
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Redheaded Outfield by Zane Grey:
ambled in the last and he seemed very nonchalant.
``By Gosh, I'd 'a' ketched that one I muffed
if I'd had time to change hands,'' he said with a
grin, and he exposed a handful of peanuts. He
had refused to drop the peanuts to make the
catch with two hands. That explained the
mystery. It was funny, yet nobody laughed. There
was that run chalked up against the Stars, and
this game had to be won.
``Red, I--I want to take the team home in the
lead,'' said Delaney, and it was plain that he
The Redheaded Outfield
|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 Collection of Antiquities by Honore de Balzac:
therefore, above the level of departmental intrigues and pettinesses.
He was an indispensable man at picnics, he frisked with young ladies
and paid court to their mothers, he danced at balls, he gambled like a
capitalist. In short, he played his part of young lawyer of fashion to
admiration; without, at the same time, compromising his dignity, which
he knew how to assert at the right moment like a man of spirit. He won
golden opinions by the manner in which he threw himself into
provincial ways, without criticising them; and for these reasons,
every one endeavored to make his time of exile endurable.
The public prosecutor was a lawyer of the highest ability; he had
taken the plunge into political life, and was one of the most