|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen:
in the hope of its producing a better effect than anything he
had yet been able to say or do.
"I blush for you, Tom," said he, in his most dignified manner;
"I blush for the expedient which I am driven on, and I trust
I may pity your feelings as a brother on the occasion.
You have robbed Edmund for ten, twenty, thirty years,
perhaps for life, of more than half the income which ought
to be his. It may hereafter be in my power, or in yours
(I hope it will), to procure him better preferment;
but it must not be forgotten that no benefit of that
sort would have been beyond his natural claims on us,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
uncle owned anything at all, to talk to ME of the police! It's
hateful! it's DISGUSTING!"
"Come, come!" said Cerizet, "you needn't complain; you got off
"Well, and you, who broke the locks and said you were going to take
the diamonds, under color of marrying my daughter! Just as if she
would have you,--a legitimate daughter like her! 'Never, mother,' said
she; 'never will I give my heart to a man with such a nose.'"
"So you've found her, have you?" said Cerizet.
"Not until last night. She has left her blackguard of a player, and
she is now, I flatter myself, in a fine position, eating money; has
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Another Study of Woman by Honore de Balzac:
hair; in short, she responded to my madness by her own. And how can we
fail to believe in passion when it has the guarantee of madness?
"We each devoted all our minds to concealing a love so perfect and so
beautiful from the eyes of the world; and we succeeded. And what charm
we found in our escapades! Of her I will say nothing. She was
perfection then, and to this day is considered one of the most
beautiful women in Paris; but at that time a man would have endured
death to win one of her glances. She had been left with an amount of
fortune sufficient for a woman who had loved and was adored; but the
Restoration, to which she owed renewed lustre, made it seem inadequate
in comparison with her name. In my position I was so fatuous as never
|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 Betty Zane by Zane Grey:
want you to have any wrong ideas about me. I'll tell you the truth and you can
be the judge as to whether or not I insulted your sister. I fell in love with
her, almost at first sight. The night after the Indians recaptured your
brother, Betty and I stood out in the moonlight and she looked so bewitching
and I felt so sorry for her and so carried away by my love for her that I
yielded to a momentary impulse and kissed her. I simply could not help it.
There is no excuse for me. She struck me across the face and ran into the
house. I had intended that night to tell her of my love and place my fate in
her hands, but, of course, the unfortunate occurrence made that impossible. As
I was to leave at dawn next day, I remained up all night, thinking that I
ought to do. Finally I decided to write. I wrote her a letter, telling her all