|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Case of the Golden Bullet by Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner:
much chance for any business with my cigar holders and other
trifles here so near the city."
"Cigar holders? Why, I don't know; perhaps we can make a trade.
Come in with me. Why, just see how gentle the dog is with you!"
"Isn't he that way with everybody? I supposed he was no watchdog."
"Oh, indeed he is. He usually won't allow anybody to touch him,
except those whom he knows well. I'm astonished that he lets you
come to the house at all."
They had reached the door by this time. The peddler laid his hand
on the servant's arm and halted a moment. "Where was it that she
threw herself out?"
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bab:A Sub-Deb, Mary Roberts Rinehart by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
and it's good for a half collumn on the first page of the evening
papers. Result, a jamb that night at the performence, and a new
lease of life for the Play. Egleston comes on, bruized and
battered, and perhaps with a limp. The Labor Unions take up the
matter--it's a knock out. I'd charge a thousand dollars for that
idea if I were selling it."
"Bruized!" I exclaimed. "Realy bruized or painted on?"
He glared at me impatiently.
"Now see here, Bab," he said. "I'm doing this for you. You've got
to play up. And if your young man won't stand a bang in the eye,
for instanse, to earn his Bread and Butter, he's not worth saving."
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
- belligerent disposition, she could have filled you as full of
lead as a window weight?"
"I do," I assented. "It wasn't Alice-sit-by-the-fire. I grant you
that. Then who was it?"
Hotchkiss felt certain that it had been Sullivan, but I was not so
sure. Why would he have crawled like a thief into his own house?
If he had crossed the park, as seemed probable, when we did, he had
not made any attempt to use the knocker. I gave it up finally, and
made an effort to conciliate the young woman in the tower.
We had heard no sound since our spectacular entrance into her room.
I was distinctly uncomfortable as, alone this time, I climbed to
The Man in Lower Ten
|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 Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
once--I want you to return with me, dear."
"I can't get ready so soon as that," replied Jane. "It will
take a whole month, at least."
She was glad, for she hoped that whatever called him to
England might still further delay the wedding. She had made
a bad bargain, but she intended carrying her part loyally
to the bitter end--if she could manage to secure a temporary
reprieve, though, she felt that she was warranted in doing so.
His reply disconcerted her.
"Very well, Jane," he said. "I am disappointed, but I shall let
my trip to England wait a month; then we can go back together."
The Return of Tarzan