|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Cromwell by William Shakespeare:
him casting of account.]
Thus far my reckoning doth go straight & even,
But, Cromwell, this same ployding fits not thee:
Thy mind is altogether set on travel,
And not to live thus cloistered like a Nun.
It is not this same trash that i regard,
Experience is the jewel of my heart.
[Enter a Post.]
I pray, sir, are you ready to dispatch me?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Pericles by William Shakespeare:
Scene II. Mytilene. A room in a brothel.
[Enter Pandar, Bawd, and Boult.]
Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full of gallants. We lost
too much money this mart by being too wenchless.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and saw his mighty figure swaying to and fro in the hurly-
burly. As the deuce would have it, we could not understand a
word of what was going on. It might be nothing more than the
ordinary 'grab racket' with which a feast commonly concludes;
it might be something worse. We made what arrangements we
could for my tapa, fans, etc., as well as for my five pigs,
my masses of fish, taro, etc., and with great dignity, and
ourselves laden with ulas and other decorations, passed
between the sentries among the howling mob to our horses.
All's well that ends well. Owing to Fanny and Belle, we had
to walk; and, as Lloyd said, 'he had at last ridden in a
|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 Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
"He lies most falsely," said Isabella; "he carried me off by
violence from my father."
"Maybe he only wanted ye to think sae, hinny," replied the
robber; "but it's nae business o' mine, let it be as it may.--So
ye winna resign her back to me?"
"Back to you, fellow? Surely no," answered Earnscliff; "I will
protect Miss Vere, and escort her safely wherever she is pleased
to be conveyed."
"Ay, ay, maybe you and her hae settled that already," said Willie
"And Grace?" interrupted Hobbie, shaking himself loose from the