|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Marie by H. Rider Haggard:
Retief thrust his big form in front of him rather rudely, and said with
one of his hearty laughs:
"Allemachte! friend, let the missje wish a good journey to the young
fellow who saved her life."
Next moment Hans, the Hottentot, screamed at the oxen in the usual
fashion, and we rolled away through the gate.
But oh! if I had liked the Heer Retief before, now I loved him.
THE SHOOTING MATCH
My journey back to the Mission Station was a strange contrast to that
which I had made thence a few days before. Then, the darkness, the
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories by Mark Twain:
well and right, and honor my mother's memory and her teachings,
and earn the happiness that had come to me, as best I could.
By and by came my little puppy, and then my cup was full, my happiness
was perfect. It was the dearest little waddling thing, and so smooth
and soft and velvety, and had such cunning little awkward paws,
and such affectionate eyes, and such a sweet and innocent face;
and it made me so proud to see how the children and their mother
adored it, and fondled it, and exclaimed over every little wonderful
thing it did. It did seem to me that life was just too lovely to--
Then came the winter. One day I was standing a watch in the nursery.
That is to say, I was asleep on the bed. The baby was asleep in
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
dropped, for something in her voice made him feel that he and she
stood at last in that naked desert of apprehension where meaning
skulks vainly behind speech.
"And why did you imagine this?" The blood mounted to his
forehead. "Because he told you that I was under obligations to
She turned pale. "Under obligations?"
"Oh, don't let's beat about the bush. Didn't he tell you it was I
who published Mrs. Aubyn's letters? Answer me that."
"No," she said; and after a moment which seemed given to the
weighing of alternatives, she added: "No one told me."
|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 To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
the stabler element had been bred into him through
"People did not know what they let their boys in
for when they let them go to sea," he expounded to
Bessie. "As soon make convicts of them at once."
He did not believe you ever got used to it. The
weariness of such a life got worse as you got older.
What sort of trade was it in which more than half
your time you did not put your foot inside your
house? Directly you got out to sea you had no
means of knowing what went on at home. One