|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Maitre Cornelius by Honore de Balzac:
until the cruel teachings of life had driven it back into the farthest
recesses of this most singular human being. He was certainly not an
ordinary miser; and his passion covered, no doubt, extreme enjoyments
and secret conceptions.
"What is the present rate of Venetian sequins?" he said abruptly to
his future apprentice.
"Three-quarters at Brussels; one in Ghent."
"What is the freight on the Scheldt?"
"Three sous parisis."
"Any news at Ghent?"
"The brother of Lieven d'Herde is ruined."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
to induce her to travel to the Emerald City to assist Jinjur in defeating
the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, who had made Tip one of their friends.
Mombi had no sooner arrived at the royal palace than she discovered, by
means of her secret magic, that the adventurers were starting upon their
Journey to the Emerald City; so she retired to a small room high up in a
tower and locked herself in while she practised such arts as she could
command to prevent the return of the Scarecrow and his companions.
That was why the Tin Woodman presently stopped and said:
"Something very curious has happened. I ought to know by heart and every
step of this Journey, yet I fear we have already lost our way."
The Marvelous Land of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin:
ceiled with cedar, or painted with vermilion, shedding its quiet
light far, for those who else were homeless.
This, then, I believe to be,--will you not admit it to be,--the
woman's true place and power? But do not you see that, to fulfil
this, she must--as far as one can use such terms of a human
creature--be incapable of error? So far as she rules, all must be
right, or nothing is. She must be enduringly, incorruptibly good;
instinctively, infallibly wise--wise, not for self-development, but
for self-renunciation: wise, not that she may set herself above her
husband, but that she may never fail from his side: wise, not with
the narrowness of insolent and loveless pride, but with the
|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 Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
heard, filled him with wonderment, but even this unaccustomed
sound could not startle his healthy nerves into even a
semblance of panic.
The conduct of the white strangers it was that caused him
the greatest perturbation. He puckered his brows into a
frown of deep thought. It was well, thought he, that he had
not given way to his first impulse to rush forward and greet
these white men as brothers.
They were evidently no different from the black men--no
more civilized than the apes--no less cruel than Sabor.
For a moment the others stood looking at the little, mean-
Tarzan of the Apes