|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Altar of the Dead by Henry James:
church without finding her, and he felt he hadn't needed these
occasions to show him his suspense had dropped. Yet it was,
incongruously, not indifference, but a refinement of delicacy that
had kept him from asking the sacristan, who would of course
immediately have recognised his description of her, whether she had
been seen at other hours. His delicacy had kept him from asking
any question about her at any time, and it was exactly the same
virtue that had left him so free to be decently civil to her at the
This happy advantage now served him anew, enabling him when she
finally met his eyes - it was after a fourth trial - to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson:
belief or practice of anybody. Now all this is not generally
characteristic of Scotch piety; Scotch sects being churches
militant with a vengeance, and Scotch believers perpetual crusaders
the one against the other, and missionaries the one to the other.
Perhaps Robert's originally tender heart was what made the
difference; or, perhaps, his solitary and pleasant labour among
fruits and flowers had taught him a more sunshiny creed than those
whose work is among the tares of fallen humanity; and the soft
influences of the garden had entered deep into his spirit,
"Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green shade."
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from U. S. Project Trinity Report by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer:
Los Alamos, NM.: LASL, LA-6300-H and Washington, D. C.: GPO. May
1976. 82 Pages.**
4. Bramlet, Walt. Memorandum for Thomas J. Hirons, Subject: DOD
Participants in Atmospheric Tests, wo/encl. Los Alamos Scientific
Laboratory. Los Alamos, NM. ISD-5. February 20, 1979. 4 Pages.**
5. General Electric Company--TEMPO. Compilation of Local Fallout
Data from Test Detonations 1945-1962. Vol. 1: "Continental US Tests."
Washington, D. C.: Defense Nuclear Agency. DNA 1251-1(EX.). 1979.
619 Pages. (A99) AD/AO79 309.*
6. Groves, Leslie R., LTG, USA. Memorandum for Secretary of War,
[Subject: TRINITY]. [Washington, D.C.] 18 July 1945. 13 Pages.**
|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 Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan:
I think it is too late. I'll turn back with you.'
'Do,' she said, and looked at his capable, sensitive hand as he laid
it on the side of her little carriage. Miss Anderson had not the
accomplishment of palm-reading, but she took general manual
impressions. She had observed Colonel Innes's hand before, but it
had never offered itself so intimately to her inspection. That,
perhaps, was why the conviction seemed new to her, as she thought
'He is admirable--and it is all there.'
When they got to the level Mall he kept his hold, which was a
perfectly natural and proper thing for him to do, walking alongside;
but she still looked at it.