|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Odyssey by Homer:
satisfied. As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, they
laid down to rest and enjoyed the boon of sleep.
TELEMACHUS AND HIS MOTHER MEET--ULYSSES AND EUMAEUS COME DOWN TO
THE TOWN, AND ULYSSES IS INSULTED BY MELANTHIUS--HE IS
RECOGNISED BY THE DOG ARGOS--HE IS INSULTED AND PRESENTLY STRUCK
BY ANTINOUS WITH A STOOL--PENELOPE DESIRES THAT HE SHALL BE SENT
When the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared,
Telemachus bound on his sandals and took a strong spear that
suited his hands, for he wanted to go into the city. "Old
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
theme, I am delighted beyond measure: and I compare the man and his words,
and note the harmony and correspondence of them. And such an one I deem to
be the true musician, attuned to a fairer harmony than that of the lyre, or
any pleasant instrument of music; for truly he has in his own life a
harmony of words and deeds arranged, not in the Ionian, or in the Phrygian
mode, nor yet in the Lydian, but in the true Hellenic mode, which is the
Dorian, and no other. Such an one makes me merry with the sound of his
voice; and when I hear him I am thought to be a lover of discourse; so
eager am I in drinking in his words. But a man whose actions do not agree
with his words is an annoyance to me; and the better he speaks the more I
hate him, and then I seem to be a hater of discourse. As to Socrates, I
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
spirits," said the guide to the Tsar.
"Well?" said the woman.
"He's not likely to live."
"What's the matter with him?"
"They've kept him drunk all the time."
"It's not possible!" exclaimed the wife.
"It's true. And the boy's only nine years old,
that Vania Moroshkine."
"What did you do to try to save him?" asked
"I tried everything that could be done. I gave
The Forged Coupon
|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 Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
may expect to hear more fully the details of Yoshida's
history, and the degree of his influence in the
transformation of Japan; even now there must be Englishmen
acquainted with the subject, and perhaps the appearance of
this sketch may elicit something more complete and exact. I
wish to say that I am not, rightly speaking, the author of
the present paper: I tell the story on the authority of an
intelligent Japanese gentleman, Mr. Taiso Masaki, who told it
me with an emotion that does honour to his heart; and though
I have taken some pains, and sent my notes to him to be
corrected, this can be no more than an imperfect outline.