|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Edition of The Ambassadors by Henry James:
own; who had asked her, half an hour before, what she could do for
them, and had then paddled away to look at something a little
further up--from which promenade they would presently return.
Monsieur might meanwhile, if he liked, pass into the garden, such
as it was, where she would serve him, should he wish it--for there
were tables and benches in plenty--a "bitter" before his repast.
Here she would also report to him on the possibility of a
conveyance to his station, and here at any rate he would have the
agrement of the river .
It may be mentioned without delay that Monsieur had the agrement of
everything, and in particular, for the next twenty minutes,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
oram maritimam atque eas regiones quae sunt contra Galliam notum est.
Itaque vocatis ad se undique mercatoribus, neque quanta esset insulae
magnitudo neque quae aut quantae nationes incolerent, neque quem usum
belli haberent aut quibus institutis uterentur, neque qui essent ad
maiorem navium multitudinem idonei portus reperire poterat.
Ad haec cognoscenda, prius quam periculum faceret, idoneum esse
arbitratus C. Volusenum cum navi longa praemittit. Huic mandat ut
exploratis omnibus rebus ad se quam primum revertatur. Ipse cum omnibus
copiis in Morinos proficiscitur, quod inde erat brevissimus in Britanniam
traiectus. Huc naves undique ex finitimis regionibus et quam superiore
aestate ad Veneticum bellum fecerat classem iubet convenire.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Father Damien by Robert Louis Stevenson:
never visited the scene of Damien's life and death. If you had,
and had recalled it, and looked about your pleasant rooms, even
your pen perhaps would have been stayed.
Your sect (and remember, as far as any sect avows me, it is mine)
has not done ill in a worldly sense in the Hawaiian Kingdom. When
calamity befell their innocent parishioners, when leprosy descended
and took root in the Eight Islands, a QUID PRO QUO was to be looked
for. To that prosperous mission, and to you, as one of its
adornments, God had sent at last an opportunity. I know I am
touching here upon a nerve acutely sensitive. I know that others
of your colleagues look back on the inertia of your Church, and the
|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 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe:
would fain have stewed it, and made some broth, but had no pot.
JUNE 27. - The ague again so violent that I lay a-bed all day, and
neither ate nor drank. I was ready to perish for thirst; but so
weak, I had not strength to stand up, or to get myself any water to
drink. Prayed to God again, but was light-headed; and when I was
not, I was so ignorant that I knew not what to say; only I lay and
cried, "Lord, look upon me! Lord, pity me! Lord, have mercy upon
me!" I suppose I did nothing else for two or three hours; till,
the fit wearing off, I fell asleep, and did not wake till far in
the night. When I awoke, I found myself much refreshed, but weak,
and exceeding thirsty. However, as I had no water in my