|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy:
ready to take Armand St. Just back to France into the very midst of
that seething, bloody Revolution which was overthrowing a monarchy,
attacking a religion, destroying a society, in order to try and
rebuild upon the ashes of tradition a new Utopia, of which a few men
dreamed, but which none had the power to establish.
In the distance two figures were approaching "The Fisherman's
Rest": one, an oldish man, with a curious fringe of grey hairs round a
rotund and massive chin, and who walked with that peculiar rolling
gait which invariably betrays the seafaring man: the other, a young,
slight figure, neatly and becomingly dressed in a dark, many caped
overcoat; he was clean-shaved, and his dark hair was taken well back
The Scarlet Pimpernel
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Pericles by William Shakespeare:
our profession any trade; it's no calling. But here comes Boult.
[Re-enter Boult, with the Pirates and Marina.]
Come your ways. My masters, you say she's a virgin?
O, sir, we doubt it not.
Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see: if you like
her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from King James Bible:
the house of his mother's father, saying,
JDG 9:2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem,
Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which
are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over
you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
JDG 9:3 And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the
men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow
Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.
JDG 9:4 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of
the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light
persons, which followed him.
King James Bible
|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 White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
crevice. He drew out a number of loose banknotes, and thrust
his fingers in again for a further supply.
"Open it wider!" he commanded curtly.
"I - I'm trying to," the other mumbled, and bent down to peer under
the table. "It's stuck. The catch is underneath, and -"
It seemed to Rhoda Gray, gazing into that dimly lighted room, as
though she were suddenly held spellbound as in some horrible and
amazing trance. Like a hideous jack-in-the-box the gray head popped
above the level of the table again, and quick as a flash, a revolver
was thrust into the Adventurer's face; and the Adventurer, caught at
a disadvantage,, since his hand in his coat pocket was below the