|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
"The last lap," said Berry. "Courage, my travel-stained
comrades. Where was it we broke down? Oh, yes, Scrota Gruff.
Such a sweet name, so full of promise, so- "
Then he took his head in and pulled up the window.
"Fancy you two being in the next carriage all the time," said
Daphne. "I expect Boy's introduced himself, Julia dear. Yes, I
thought so. Still for what it's worth, my brother- Lady Julia
Which is why she's 'my lady'. Though she always says it isn't.
PRIDE GOETH BEFORE
The Brother of Daphne
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The First Men In The Moon by H. G. Wells:
Certainly the aspect of things had changed very greatly. I no longer
doubted at all the enormous possibilities of the substance, but I began to
have doubts about the gun-carriage and the patent boots. We set to work at
once to reconstruct his laboratory and proceed with our experiments. Cavor
talked more on my level than he had ever done before, when it came to the
question of how we should make the stuff next.
"Of course we must make it again," he said, with a sort of glee I had not
expected in him, "of course we must make it again. We have caught a
Tartar, perhaps, but we have left the theoretical behind us for good and
all. If we can possibly avoid wrecking this little planet of ours, we
The First Men In The Moon
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
and flew away, bellowing so dreadfully that all the world
So ends the story, with only this to say:
Where man's strength fails, woman's wit prevails.
For, to my mind, the princess--not to speak of her husband the
little Tailor--did more with a single little hair and her
mother wit than King Solomon with all his wisdom.
"Whose turn is it next to tell us a story?" said Sindbad the
" Twas my turn," said St. George; "but here be two ladies
present, and neither hath so much as spoken a word of a story for
|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 Symposium by Plato:
Marsyas. He indeed with instruments used to charm the souls of men by the
power of his breath, and the players of his music do so still: for the
melodies of Olympus (compare Arist. Pol.) are derived from Marsyas who
taught them, and these, whether they are played by a great master or by a
miserable flute-girl, have a power which no others have; they alone possess
the soul and reveal the wants of those who have need of gods and mysteries,
because they are divine. But you produce the same effect with your words
only, and do not require the flute: that is the difference between you and
him. When we hear any other speaker, even a very good one, he produces
absolutely no effect upon us, or not much, whereas the mere fragments of
you and your words, even at second-hand, and however imperfectly repeated,