|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence:
one eye shut. Not like that blasted Clifford! A lily-livered hound with
never a fuck in him, never had. I like you, my boy, I'll bet you've a
good cod on you; oh, you're a bantam, I can see that. You're a fighter.
Game-keeper! Ha-ha, by crikey, I wouldn't trust my game to you! But
look here, seriously, what are we going to do about it? The world's
full of blasted old women.'
Seriously, they didn't do anything about it, except establish the old
free-masonry of male sensuality between them.
'And look here, my boy, if ever I can do anything for you, you can rely
on me. Game-keeper! Christ, but it's rich! I like it! Oh, I like it!
Shows the girl's got spunk. What? After all, you know, she has her own
Lady Chatterley's Lover
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
"Well, then," said his kinsman, "I'll bestow my wisdom upon you
instead, such as it is. If we have gone forward like fools, do
not let us go back like cowards. We have done enough to draw
upon us both the suspicion and vengeance of the government; do
not let us give up before we have done something to deserve it.
--What, will no one speak? Then I'll leap the ditch the first."
And, starting up, he filled a beer-glass to the brim with claret,
and waving his hand, commanded all to follow his example, and to
rise up from their seats. All obeyed-the more qualified guests
as if passively, the others with enthusiasm "Then, my friends, I
give you the pledge of the day--The independence of Scotland, and
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
the side of the wheat fan, feeling that the earth had fallen
<174>upon me. This brought the entire work to a dead stand.
There was work for four; each one had his part to perform, and
each part depended on the other, so that when one stopped, all
were compelled to stop. Covey, who had now become my dread, as
well as my tormentor, was at the house, about a hundred yards
from where I was fanning, and instantly, upon hearing the fan
stop, he came down to the treading yard, to inquire into the
cause of our stopping. Bill Smith told him I was sick, and that
I was unable longer to bring wheat to the fan.
I had, by this time, crawled away, under the side of a post-and-
My Bondage and My Freedom
|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 Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
to refill the pan.
He was now a hundred yards from the water, and the inverted "V" was assuming
definite proportions. The width of the pay-dirt steadily decreased, and the
man extended in his mind's eye the sides of the "V" to their meeting-place far
up the hill. This was his goal, the apex of the "V," and he panned many times
to locate it.
"Just about two yards above that manzanita bush an' a yard to the right," he
Then the temptation seized him. " s plain as the nose on your face," he said,
as he abandoned his laborious cross-cutting and climbed to the indicated apex.
He filled a pan and carried it down the hill to wash. It contained no trace of