|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
him. "What's this yarn Jim's telling me?"
"It's straight, Mr. Orde," said the cook. "There's a big crew
brought in from the Saginaw Waters to do you up. They're supposed
to be over here to run his drive, but really they're goin' to fight
and raise hell. For why would he want sixty men to break out them
little rollways of his'n up at the headwaters?"
"Is that where they've gone?" asked Orde like a flash.
"Yes, sir. And he only owns a 'forty' up there, and it ain't more'n
half cut, anyway."
"I didn't know he owned any."
"Yes, sir. He bought that little Johnson piece last winter. I been
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:
But when they had unloosed the linen band
Which swathed the Egyptian's body, - lo! was found
Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand
A little seed, which sown in English ground
Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear
And spread rich odours through our spring-tide air.
With such strange arts this flower did allure
That all forgotten was the asphodel,
And the brown bee, the lily's paramour,
Forsook the cup where he was wont to dwell,
For not a thing of earth it seemed to be,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne:
A prompt French marquis at our ambassador's table demanded of Mr.
H-, if he was H- the poet? No, said Mr. H-, mildly. - TANT PIS,
replied the marquis.
It is H- the historian, said another, - TANT MIEUX, said the
marquis. And Mr. H-, who is a man of an excellent heart, return'd
thanks for both.
When the landlord had set me right in this matter, he called in La
Fleur, which was the name of the young man he had spoke of, -
saying only first, That as for his talents he would presume to say
nothing, - Monsieur was the best judge what would suit him; but for
the fidelity of La Fleur he would stand responsible in all he was
|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 The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
a sort of plaint in the voice, while the face was that of a serving
Sister in some small and rustic convent.
"I meant to do it," I said. "I am a very bad person."
"The young are always full of fun," she said as if she were
gloating over the idea. "It is very pleasant."
"But you are very brave," I chaffed her, "for you didn't expect a
ring, and after all it might have been the devil who pulled the
"It might have been. But a poor girl like me is not afraid of the
devil. I have a pure heart. I have been to confession last
evening. No. But it might have been an assassin that pulled the
The Arrow of Gold