|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
staggered away from the lightly swinging hammock, and before
Davidson could make a movement he had vanished, bounding down the
ladder to warn and alarm the other fellows.
"Davidson sprang instantly out of the boat, threw up the skylight
flap, and had a glimpse of the men down there crouching round the
hatch. They looked up scared, and at that moment the Frenchman
outside the door bellowed out 'TRAHISON - TRAHISON!' They bolted
out of the cabin, falling over each other and swearing awfully.
The shot Davidson let off down the skylight had hit no one; but he
ran to the edge of the cabin-top and at once opened fire at the
dark shapes rushing about the deck. These shots were returned, and
Within the Tides
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Four Arthurian Romances by Chretien DeTroyes:
head! Stand back!" And Erec stops and looks at him, and the
other, too, stood still. Neither made advance until Erec had
replied all that he wished to say to him. "Friend," he says,
"one can speak folly as well as good sense. Threaten as much as
you please, and I will keep silence; for in threatening there is
no sense. Do you know why? A man sometimes thinks he has won
the game who afterward loses it. So he is manifestly a fool who
is too presumptuous and who threatens too much. If there are
some who flee there are plenty who chase, but I do not fear you
so much that I am going to run away yet. I am ready to make such
defence, if there is any who wishes to offer me battle, that he
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
in a threatening way.
"Alas!" said the stranger sadly, "it doth grieve me that this thing
must be. I fear much that I must slay thee, thou poor fellow!"
So saying, he drew his sword.
"Put by thy weapon," quoth Robin. "I would take no vantage of thee.
Thy sword cannot stand against an oaken staff such as mine.
I could snap it like a barley straw. Yonder is a good oaken thicket
by the roadside; take thee a cudgel thence and defend thyself fairly,
if thou hast a taste for a sound drubbing."
First the stranger measured Robin with his eye, and then
he measured the oaken staff. "Thou art right, good fellow,"
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|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 My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
hiding from professors of religion, in barns, in the woods and
fields, in order to learn to read the _holy bible_. Those dear
souls, who came to my Sabbath school, came _not_ because it was
popular or reputable to attend such a place, for they came under
the liability of having forty stripes laid on their naked backs.
Every moment they spend in my school, they were under this
terrible liability; and, in this respect, I was sharer with them.
Their minds had been cramped and starved by their cruel masters;
the light of education had been completely excluded; and their
hard earnings had been taken to educate their master's children.
I felt a delight in circumventing the tyrants, and in blessing
My Bondage and My Freedom