|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
the captain, who after having it examined by the governor of the
port made immediate preparations to sail.
Fifty vessels were waiting to set out. Passing alongside one of
them, D'Artagnan fancied he perceived on board it the woman of
Meung--the same whom the unknown gentleman had called Milady, and
whom D'Artagnan had thought so handsome; but thanks to the
current of the stream and a fair wind, his vessel passed so
quickly that he had little more than a glimpse of her.
The next day about nine o'clock in the morning, he landed at St.
Valery. D'Artagnan went instantly in search of the inn, and
easily discovered it by the riotous noise which resounded from
The Three Musketeers
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen:
who were acquainted with everything, and who seemed only
to want Mr. Morland's consent, to consider Isabella's
engagement as the most fortunate circumstance imaginable
for their family, were allowed to join their counsels,
and add their quota of significant looks and mysterious
expressions to fill up the measure of curiosity
to be raised in the unprivileged younger sisters.
To Catherine's simple feelings, this odd sort of reserve
seemed neither kindly meant, nor consistently supported;
and its unkindness she would hardly have forborne
pointing out, had its inconsistency been less their friend;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey:
not shake hands upon it, as men do?"
"I won't. That's all."
"I fear you are ungracious, whatever your reason," she replied.
"Still, I may offer it again some day. Good night."
He said good night and turned. Madeline wonderingly watched him
go down the path with his hand on the black horse's neck.
She went in to rest a little before dressing for dinner, and,
being fatigued from the day's riding and excitement, she fell
asleep. When she awoke it was twilight. She wondered why her
Mexican maid had not come to her, and she rang the bell. The
maid did not put in an appearance, nor was there any answer to
The Light of Western Stars
|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 Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
facing it, was the palace, the home of Otomie's forefathers, a
long, low, and very ancient building having many courts, and
sculptured everywhere with snakes and grinning gods. Both the
palace and the pyramid were cased with a fine white stone that
shone like silver in the sunlight, and contrasted strangely with
the dark-hued houses that were built of lava.
Such was the City of Pines when I saw it first. When I saw it last
it was but a smoking ruin, and now doubtless it is the home of bats
and jackals; now it is 'a court for owls,' now 'the line of
confusion is stretched out upon it and the stones of emptiness fill