|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
now Sacred Hadleyburg Tradition, with power and right to stand up
and look the whole sarcastic world in the face."
Passed, by acclamation; then they sang the "Mikado" again, and ended
it with -
"And there's ONE Symbol left, you bet!"
There was a pause; then -
A Voice. "Now, then, who's to get the sack?"
The Tanner (with bitter sarcasm). "That's easy. The money has to
be divided among the eighteen Incorruptibles. They gave the
suffering stranger twenty dollars apiece--and that remark--each in
his turn--it took twenty-two minutes for the procession to move
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Beauty and The Beast by Bayard Taylor:
sides. It was scribbled over with brief notes in pencil, written
at different times. Many of them were merely mnemonic signs; but
the recurrence of the letters J and Y seemed to point to
transactions with "Jean," and the drawer of the various sums of
money. The letter Y reminded me that I had been too hasty in
giving the name of Kasincsky to the noble family; indeed, the name
upon the post-office receipt might have no connection with the
matter I was trying to investigate.
Suddenly I noticed a "Ky" among the mnemonic signs, and the
suspicion flashed across my mind that Count Kasincsky had signed
the order with the last letter of his family name! To assume this,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
them until the day on which all eyes shall stare!
Hurrying on, raising up their heads, with their looks not turned
back to them, and their hearts void; and warn men of the day when
the torment shall come!
And those who have done wrong shall say, 'O our Lord! respite us
until an appointed time nigh at hand, and we will respond to Thy call,
and follow the apostles!'- 'What! did ye not swear before, ye should
have no decline?'
And ye dwelt in the dwellings of those who had wronged themselves;
and it was made plain to you how we did with them; and we struck out
parables for you: but they plotted their stratagems, but with God is 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 Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas:
his officer lower his eyes.
But seeing the king said no more, the latter pirouetted on
his heels, and took three steps towards the door, muttering,
"He will not speak! Mordioux! he will not speak!"
"Thank you, monsieur," said the king at last.
"Humph!" continued the lieutenant; "there was only wanting
that. Blamed for having been less of a fool than another
might have been." And he went to the door, allowing his
spurs to jingle in true military style. But when he was on
the threshold, feeling that the king's desire drew him back,
Ten Years Later