|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Fritz he was not quit so readily. That young politician, brimming
with mysterious glances, offered to lend his convoy as far as to the
high-road; and Otto, in fear of some residuary jealousy and for the
girl's sake, had not the courage to gainsay him; but he regarded his
companion with uneasy glances, and devoutly wished the business at
an end. For some time Fritz walked by the mare in silence; and they
had already traversed more than half the proposed distance when,
with something of a blush, he looked up and opened fire.
'Are you not,' he asked, 'what they call a socialist?'
'Why, no,' returned Otto, 'not precisely what they call so. Why do
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger:
marry some brighter member of the community, and thus lessen the
chances of procreating another generation of imbeciles. We read
further that some of our doctors believe that ``in our social scale,
there is a place for the good feeble-minded.''
In such a reckless and thoughtless differentiation between the ``bad''
and the ``good'' feeble-minded, we find new evidence of the
conventional middle-class bias that also finds expression among some
of the eugenists. We do not object to feeble-mindedness simply
because it leads to immorality and criminality; nor can we approve of
it when it expresses itself in docility, submissiveness and obedience.
We object because both are burdens and dangers to the intelligence of
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Young Forester by Zane Grey:
Mebbe they're asleep. Mebbe most of them are trallin' you, an' I hope so.
Now, don't you put your hand or foot on anythin' thet'll make a noise."
Then he slipped off, and it was wonderful to see how noiselessly he
stepped, and how he moved between trees and dead branches without a sound.
I managed pretty well, yet more than once a rattling stone or a broken
branch stopped Hiram short and made him lift a warning hand.
At last we got down to the narrow bench which separated the canyon-slope
from the deep cut. It was level and roughly strewn with boulders. Here we
took to all fours and crawled. It was easy to move here without noise, for
the ground was rocky and hard, and there was no brush.
Suddenly I fairly bumped into the hunter. Looking up, I saw that he had
The Young Forester
|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 Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
this earth. Was I not one time Mackworth's dear friend as well as
thy father? It could cost him naught to honor me, and here am I
fallen to be a teacher of boys. Go to! thou art a fool."
Then, after a little pause of brooding silence, he went on to say
that the Earl was no better or worse than the rest of the world.
That men of his position had many jealous enemies, ever seeking
their ruin, and that such must look first of all each to himself,
or else be certainly ruined, and drag down others in that ruin.
Myles was silenced, but the bitterness had entered his heart, and
abided with him for many a day afterwards.
Perhaps Sir James read his feelings in his frank face, for he sat
Men of Iron