|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The American by Henry James:
"For me," said Madame de Cintre.
"Not when their sins are forgiven!" said Newman.
"They don't think I am as good as they are. I do.
But we shan't quarrel about it."
"I can't even agree with you without saying something that has
a disagreeable sound. The presumption was against you.
That you probably don't understand."
Newman sat down and looked at her for some time.
"I don't think I really understand it. But when you say it,
I believe it."
"That's a poor reason," said Madame de Cintre, smiling.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
his arms, and bore him back from the edge of the precipice, while
he dolefully ejaculated, "I always told the immortal Gustavus,
Wallenstein, Tilly, and other men of the sword, that, in my poor
mind, taslets ought to be made musket-proof."
With two or three earnest words in Gaelic, MacEagh commended the
wounded man to the charge of the females, who were in the rear of
his little party, and was then about to return to the contest.
But Dalgetty detained him, grasping a firm hold of his plaid.--"I
know not how this matter may end--but I request you will inform
Montrose, that I died like a follower of the immortal Gustavus
--and I pray you, take heed how you quit your present strength,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert:
in order that the parrot might not see him, Monsieur Bourais edged
along the wall, pushed his hat over his eyes to hide his profile, and
entered by the garden door, and the looks he gave the bird lacked
affection. Loulou, having thrust his head into the butcher-boy's
basket, received a slap, and from that time he always tried to nip his
enemy. Fabu threatened to ring his neck, although he was not cruelly
inclined, notwithstanding his big whiskers and tattooings. On the
contrary, he rather liked the bird, and, out of devilry, tried to
teach him oaths. Felicite, whom his manner alarmed, put Loulou in the
kitchen, took off his chain and let him walk all over the house.
When he went downstairs, he rested his beak on the steps, lifted his
A Simple Soul
|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 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum:
is, and I want my milk."
"Will you try it, Zeb" asked the girl, turning to her companion.
Zeb hesitated. He was still pale and frightened, for this dreadful
adventure had upset him and made him nervous and worried. But he did
not wish the little girl to think him a coward, so he advanced slowly
to the edge of the roof.
Dorothy stretched out a hand to him and Zeb put one foot out and let it
rest in the air a little over the edge of the roof. It seemed firm
enough to walk upon, so he took courage and put out the other foot.
Dorothy kept hold of his hand and followed him, and soon they were
both walking through the air, with the kitten frisking beside them.
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz