|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Damaged Goods by Upton Sinclair:
best judgment, and get himself cured as quickly as possible.
After that he would be true to her, he would take no more chances
of a loathsome disease.
The secret he was hiding made him feel humble--made him unusually
gentle in his attitude towards the girl. He was a perfect lover,
and she was ravished with happiness. She thought that all his
sufferings were because of his love for her, and the delay which
he had imposed out of his excess of conscientiousness. So she
loved him more and more, and never was there a happier bride than
Henriette Loches, when at last the great day arrived.
They went to the Riveria for their honeymoon, and then returned
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
English public schools--enforced services exacted from the
younger lads--which at the time Myles came to Devlen had, in the
five or six years it had been in practice, grown to be an
absolute though unwritten law of the body--a law supported by all
the prestige of long-continued usage. At that time the bachelors
numbered but thirteen, yet they exercised over the rest of the
sixty-four squires and pages a rule of iron, and were
taskmasters, hard, exacting, and oftentimes cruel.
The whole company of squires and pages was under the supreme
command of a certain one-eyed knight, by name Sir James Lee; a
soldier seasoned by the fire of a dozen battles, bearing a score
Men of Iron
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
Just now Beaumont's clear eyes, which were small and of a pale
gray color, had a rather troubled light, and, after glancing at
Bessie Alden while she spoke, he rested them upon his kinsman.
Mrs. Westgate meanwhile, with her superfluously pretty gaze,
looked at everyone alike.
"You had better wait till the time comes," she said to her sister.
"Perhaps next May you won't care so much about London.
Mr. Beaumont and I," she went on, smiling at her companion,
"have had a tremendous discussion. We don't agree about anything.
It's perfectly delightful."
"Oh, I say, Percy!" exclaimed Lord Lambeth.
|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 King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
Lands, goods, horse, armour, anything I have,
Is his to use, so Somerset may die.
York, I commend this kind submission;
We twain will go into his highness' tent.
[Enter KING and Attendants.]
Buckingham, doth York intend no harm to us,
That thus he marcheth with thee arm in arm?
In all submission and humility