|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Finished by H. Rider Haggard:
of Roads, Goza, saying that what he desires shall be done. Let
my command go out that under pain of death none spy upon him
while he journeys hither or returns. Let the huts be built
forthwith, and when it is known that he is coming, let food in
plenty be placed in them and afterwards morning by morning taken
to the mouth of the valley. Bid him announce his arrival and the
hour he chooses for our meeting by messenger. Begone."
Goza leapt up, gave the royal salute, and retreated backwards
from the presence of the king, leaving us alone. I also rose to
depart, but Cetewayo motioned to me to be seated.
"Macumazahn," he said, "the Great Queen's man who has come to
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
figure darted through this door and closed it. The bolt was on
my side, and I pushed it forward. It is a closet, I think." We
were in the upper hall now. "If you will show me the electric
switch, Miss Innes, you would better wait in your own room."
Trembling as I was, I was determined to see that door opened. I
hardly knew what I feared, but so many terrible and inexplicable
things had happened that suspense was worse than certainty.
"I am perfectly cool," I said, "and I am going to remain here."
The lights flashed up along that end of the corridor, throwing
the doors into relief. At the intersection of the small hallway
with the larger, the circular staircase wound its way up, as if
The Circular Staircase
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
These two bits of paper, gummed on the side of the writing so as to
look like one piece, were then rolled tightly, with a dexterity
peculiar to men who have dreamed of getting free from the hulks. The
whole thing assumed the shape and consistency of a ball of dirty
rubbish, about as big as the sealing-wax heads which thrifty women
stick on the head of a large needle when the eye is broken.
"If I am examined first, we are saved; if it is the boy, all is lost,"
said he to himself while he waited.
His plight was so sore that the strong man's face was wet with white
sweat. Indeed, this wonderful man saw as clearly in his sphere of
crime as Moliere did in his sphere of dramatic poetry, or Cuvier in
|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 Mysterious Island by Jules Verne:
arms by rubbing them against each other!"
The sailor was wrong to despise the proceeding. Savages often kindle wood
by means of rapid rubbing. But every sort of wood does not answer for the
purpose, and besides, there is "the knack," following the usual expression,
and it is probable that Pencroft had not "the knack."
Pencroft's ill humor did not last long. Herbert had taken the bits of
wood which he had turned down, and was exerting himself to rub them. The
hardy sailor could not restrain a burst of laughter on seeing the efforts
of the lad to succeed where he had failed.
"Rub, my boy, rub!" said he.
"I am rubbing," replied Herbert, laughing, "but I don't pretend to do
The Mysterious Island