|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
"like as if the darkies were really about as big as dimes; and a
great big scuttle might open up there, and Johnson stick in a
great big head and shoulders, and cry, 'Eight bells!'--and the
whole thing vanish."
"Well, it's the other thing that has done that," I replied. "It's all
bygone now, all dead and buried. Amen! say I."
"I don't know that, Mr. Dodd; and to tell you the fact, I don't
believe it," said Nares. "There's more Flying Scud in the oven;
and the baker's name, I take it, is Bellairs. He tackled me the
day we came in: sort of a razee of poor old humanity--jury
clothes--full new suit of pimples: knew him at once from your
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
nized Nadia, the sister of the man who was no longer
Nicholas Korpanoff, but Michael Strogoff, Courier of the
Czar. He was about to make an exclamation of surprise
when he saw the young girl lay her finger on her lips.
"Come," said Nadia. And with a careless air, Alcide
rose and followed her, making a sign to Blount to accom-
But if the surprise of the correspondents had been great
at meeting Nadia on the raft it was boundless when they
perceived Michael Strogoff, whom they had believed to be
no longer living.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
SOME Members of a Legislature were making schedules of their wealth
at the end of the session, when an Honest Miner came along and
asked them to divide with him. The members of the Legislature
"Why did you not acquire property of your own?"
"Because," replied the Honest Miner, "I was so busy digging out
gold that I had no leisure to lay up something worth while."
Then the Members of the Legislature derided him, saying:
"If you waste your time in profitless amusement, you cannot, of
course, expect to share the rewards of industry."
The Dog and His Reflection
|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 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
to be very civil to him, and give him the road, for he is a very
nice gentleman; he will not go a step out of his way for a prince;
nay, if you are really afraid, your best way is to look another way
and keep going on; for sometimes if you stop, and stand still, and
look steadfastly at him, he takes it for an affront; but if you
throw or toss anything at him, though it were but a bit of stick as
big as your finger, he thinks himself abused, and sets all other
business aside to pursue his revenge, and will have satisfaction in
point of honour - that is his first quality: the next is, if he be
once affronted, he will never leave you, night or day, till he has
his revenge, but follows at a good round rate till he overtakes