|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Euthydemus by Plato:
When Ctesippus heard this he got very angry (as a lover well might) and
said: Stranger of Thurii--if politeness would allow me I should say, A
plague upon you! What can make you tell such a lie about me and the
others, which I hardly like to repeat, as that I wish Cleinias to perish?
Euthydemus replied: And do you think, Ctesippus, that it is possible to
tell a lie?
Yes, said Ctesippus; I should be mad to say anything else.
And in telling a lie, do you tell the thing of which you speak or not?
You tell the thing of which you speak.
And he who tells, tells that thing which he tells, and no other?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Exodus 21: 10 If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish.
Exodus 21: 11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out for nothing, without money.
Exodus 21: 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he dieth, shall surely be put to death.
Exodus 21: 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God cause it to come to hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he may flee.
Exodus 21: 14 And if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from Mine altar, that he may die.
Exodus 21: 15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
Exodus 21: 16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Exodus 21: 17 And he that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Exodus 21: 18 And if men contend, and one smite the other with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keep his bed;
Exodus 21: 19 if he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit; only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed.
Exodus 21: 20 And if a man smite his bondman, or his bondwoman, with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall surely be punished.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Daisy Miller by Henry James:
objective cast, but every now and then it took a subjective turn.
"What on EARTH are you so grave about?" she suddenly demanded,
fixing her agreeable eyes upon Winterbourne's.
"Am I grave?" he asked. "I had an idea I was grinning from ear to ear."
"You look as if you were taking me to a funeral. If that's a grin,
your ears are very near together."
"Should you like me to dance a hornpipe on the deck?"
"Pray do, and I'll carry round your hat. It will pay the expenses
of our journey."
"I never was better pleased in my life," murmured Winterbourne.
She looked at him a moment and then burst into a little laugh.
|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 Wrecker by Stevenson & Osbourne:
heave. But the unexpected weight brought the hand at the
tackle to a stand; two others ran to tail on and help him, and the
thing caught the eye of Trent.
"'Vast heaving!" he cried sharply; and then to Wicks: "What's
that? I don't ever remember to have seen a chest weigh like
"It's money," said Wicks.
"It's what?" cried Trent.
"Specie," said Wicks; "saved from the wreck."
Trent looked at him sharply. "Here, let go that chest again, Mr.
Goddedaal," he commanded, "shove the boat off, and stream