|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
of sustained continuous realisation, step by step, in
nature's order, that can tell a story, in all its ins and
outs, its pauses and surprises, fully and figuratively, like
the art of words.
One such sequence is the fight of Christian and Apollyon -
six cuts, weird and fiery, like the text. The pilgrim is
throughout a pale and stockish figure; but the devil covers a
multitude of defects. There is no better devil of the
conventional order than our artist's Apollyon, with his mane,
his wings, his bestial legs, his changing and terrifying
expression, his infernal energy to slay. In cut the first
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
dreams know we!'
Then he who had escaped of those twain said,- remembering after a
while,- 'Verily, I will inform you of the interpretation thereof, so
'Joseph! O thou truth teller! explain to us the seven fat kine which
seven lean devoured; and the seven green ears of corn and others
dry. Haply I may go back to the men, haply they then may know!'
He said, 'Ye shall sow for seven years, as is your wont; but what ye
reap, let it remain in the ear, except a little whereof ye shall
eat. Then there shall come after that seven severe (years) which shall
devour what ye have put by before for them, save a little of what ye
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Exiles by Honore de Balzac:
and gave a look full of all the tears he had already shed.
" 'You would know my woe?' said he sadly. 'Oh, I love to tell it. I am
here, Teresa is above; that is all. On earth we were happy, we were
always together. When I saw my loved Teresa Donati for the first time,
she was ten years old. We loved each other even then, not knowing what
love meant. Our lives were one; I turned pale if she were pale, I was
happy in her joy; we gave ourselves up to the pleasure of thinking and
feeling together; and we learned what love was, each through the
other. We were wedded at Cremona; we never saw each other's lips but
decked with pearls of a smile; our eyes always shone; our hair, like
our desires, flowed together; our heads were always bent over one book
|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 Juana by Honore de Balzac:
unaware that her glance had said too much and that her husband had
rightly interpreted it, took Francisque in her lap and gave him, in a
gentle voice still trembling with the pleasure that Juan's answer had
brought her, a lesson upon honor, simplified to his childish
"That boy's character requires care," said Diard.
"Yes," she replied simply.
"How about Juan?"
Madame Diard, struck by the tone in which the words were uttered,
looked at her husband.
"Juan was born perfect," he added.