|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe:
a biscuit-maker; the other a lame sailor, but now a sailmaker; the third
a joiner. Says John the biscuit-maker one day to Thomas his brother,
the sailmaker, 'Brother Tom, what will become of us? The plague
grows hot in the city, and increases this way. What shall we do?'
'Truly,' says Thomas, 'I am at a great loss what to do, for I find if it
comes down into Wapping I shall be turned out of my lodging.' And
thus they began to talk of it beforehand.
John. Turned out of your lodging, Tom I If you are, I don't know
who will take you in; for people are so afraid of one another now,
there's no getting a lodging anywhere.
Thomas. Why, the people where I lodge are good, civil people, and
A Journal of the Plague Year
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
"Oh, it's not lost," said Daphne. "It's just here somewhere.
One of us laid it down for a moment and, really, in this darkness
you can't see anything. If we only had some more matches- "
"I've got a box," I said. A long silence followed my words.
"My dear lady," said Berry. "Are you still there?"
"Yes," said my companion, her voice shaking a little.
"Then I beseech you to have no dealing with the being whose vile
accents I heard but a moment ago. A man of depraved instincts
and profligate ways, he is no fit companion for a young and
innocent girl. Moreover, viper-like, he bears malice towards us,
The Brother of Daphne
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw:
"Yes. She is coming on Thursday. Are you glad?"
"I fear I shall have no opportunity of seeing her."
"Oh, of course you must see her. It will be so jolly for us all
to meet again just as we used. Why can't you come to luncheon on
"I shall be delighted, if you will really allow me to come after
my conduct here."
"The lawyers will settle that. Now that you have found out who we
are you will stop pulling down our walls, of course."
"Of course," said Trefusis, smiling, as he took out a pocket
diary and entered the engagement. "I must hurry away to 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 A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy:
without any immediate terror of death, the inmates experience the
gloom of monotonous seclusion, the grateful eloquence of their
countenances at the greeting, expressive of thankfulness for the
visit, is enough to stir the emotions of the most careless
Knight's upward look at Elfride was of a nature with, but far
transcending, such an instance as this. The lines of his face had
deepened to furrows, and every one of them thanked her visibly.
His lips moved to the word 'Elfride,' though the emotion evolved
no sound. His eyes passed all description in their combination of
the whole diapason of eloquence, from lover's deep love to fellow-
A Pair of Blue Eyes