|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
maitre d'hotel myself."
The young man, in the meantime, dismounted; and whilst the
others were making their remarks upon the fine horse the
cavalier rode, the soldier returned.
"Your pardon, young gentleman; but your name, if you
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne, on the part of his highness M.
le Prince de Conde."
The soldier made a profound bow, and, as if the name of the
conqueror of Rocroy and Sens had given him wings, he stepped
lightly up the steps leading to the ante-chamber.
Ten Years Later
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
ground. Then he cut a few spreading branches from a beech, and leaned them
against a log. Bidding the lad crawl in before he took one last look around
and then made his way under the shelter.
It was yet daylight, which seemed a strange time to creep into this little
nook; but, Joe thought, it was not to sleep, only to wait, wait, wait for the
long hours to pass. He was amazed once more, because, by the time twilight had
given place to darkness, Wetzel was asleep. The lad said then to himself that
he would never again be surprised at the hunter. He assumed once and for all
that Wetzel was capable of anything. Yet how could he lose himself in slumber?
Feeling, as he must, over the capture of the girls; eager to draw a bead on
the black-hearted renegade; hating Indians with all his soul and strength, and
The Spirit of the Border
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx:
virtuous indignation of our bourgeois at the community of women
which, they pretend, is to be openly and officially established
by the Communists. The Communists have no need to introduce
community of women; it has existed almost from time immemorial.
Our bourgeois, not content with having the wives and daughters of
proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common
take the greatest pleasure in seducing each other's wives.
Bourgeois marriage is in reality a system of wives in common and
The Communist Manifesto
|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 The Rescue by Joseph Conrad:
"Oh, she has declared her intention," murmured Lingard,
D'Alcacer felt himself completely abandoned by that man. And
within two paces of him he noticed the group of Belarab and his
three swarthy attendants in their white robes, preserving an air
of serene detachment. For the first time since the stranding on
the coast d'Alcacer's heart sank within him. "But perhaps," he
went on, "this Moor may not in the end insist on giving us up to
a cruel death, Captain Lingard."
"He wanted to give you up in the middle of the night, a few hours
ago," said Lingard, without even looking at d'Alcacer who raised