|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
The air freshened somewhat, and the forest lightened. Almost abruptly we
rode out to the edge of a great, wide canyon. It must have crossed the
forest at right angles to the canyon we had left. It was twice as wide and
deep as any I had yet seen. In the bottom wound a broad brook.
"Which way now?" asked Herky.
Bill shook his head. Far to our right a pall of smoke moved over the
tree-tops, to our left was foggy gloom, behind rolled the unceasing roar.
We all looked straight across. Probably each of us harbored the same
thought. Before that wind the fire would leap the canyon in flaming bounds,
and on the opposite level was the thick pitch-pine forest of Penetier
The Young Forester
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:
have been in the guise of a messenger of Satan; but he
was in no mood for laughing now, and she seemed to
him to come straight out of the hell from which Ellen
Olenska had just escaped.
"She knows nothing yet--of all this?" he asked
Mrs. Manson laid a purple finger on her lips.
"Nothing directly--but does she suspect? Who can tell? The
truth is, Mr. Archer, I have been waiting to see you.
From the moment I heard of the firm stand you had
taken, and of your influence over her, I hoped it might
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:
that such men as Berkeley, Butler, and Paley, each according to his
light, fought the battle fairly, on the common ground of reason and
philosophy, instead of on that of tradition and authority; and that
the forms of Christianity current in England--whether Quaker,
Puritan, or Anglican--offended, less than that current in France,
the common-sense and the human instincts of the many, or of the
But the eighteenth century saw another movement, all the more
powerful, perhaps, because it was continually changing its shape,
even its purpose; and gaining fresh life and fresh adherents with
every change. Propagated at first by men of the school of Locke, it
|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 Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
the Labourer petitioned the King to reorganize the standing army.
"What!" said the King; "you wish to support those idle consumers
"No, your Majesty," they replied - "we wish to enlist."
A SILKEN-EARED Spaniel, who traced his descent from King Charles
the Second of England, chanced to look into a mirror which was
leaning against the wainscoting of a room on the ground floor of
his mistress's house. Seeing his reflection, he supposed it to be
another dog, outside, and said:
"I can chew up any such milksoppy pup as that, and I will."