|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner:
should continue in their present semi-civilised condition, which makes war
possible, for a few generations longer, it is highly probable that as
financiers, as managers of the commissariat department, as inspectors of
provisions and clothing for the army, women will play a very leading part;
and that the nation which is the first to employ its women so may be placed
at a vast advantage over its fellows in time of war. It is not because of
woman's cowardice, incapacity, nor, above all, because of her general
superior virtue, that she will end war when her voice is fully, finally,
and clearly heard in the governance of states--it is because, on this one
point, and on this point almost alone, the knowledge of woman, simply as
woman, is superior to that of man; she knows the history of human flesh;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer:
The narration of his weird experience revived something of the natural
fear which it had occasioned. He raised his glass, with unsteady hand,
and drained it.
Smith struck a match and relighted his pipe. He began to pace
the room again. His eyes were literally on fire.
"Would it be possible to get Mrs. Weymouth out of the house
before to-night? Remove her to your place, for instance?"
he asked abruptly.
Weymouth looked up in surprise.
"She seems to be in a very low state," he replied. He glanced at me.
"Perhaps Dr. Petrie would give us an opinion?"
The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Animal Farm by George Orwell:
and sank her claws in his neck, at which he yelled horribly. At a moment
when the opening was clear, the men were glad enough to rush out of the
yard and make a bolt for the main road. And so within five minutes of
their invasion they were in ignominious retreat by the same way as they
had come, with a flock of geese hissing after them and pecking at their
calves all the way.
All the men were gone except one. Back in the yard Boxer was pawing with
his hoof at the stable-lad who lay face down in the mud, trying to turn
him over. The boy did not stir.
"He is dead," said Boxer sorrowfully. "I had no intention of doing that.
I forgot that I was wearing iron shoes. Who will believe that I did not do
|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 Master of the World by Jules Verne:
Produced by Norm Wolcott
THE MASTER OF THE WORLD
By Jules Verne
1 What Happened in the Mountains
2 I Reach Morganton
3 The Great Eyrie
4 A Meeting of the Automobile Club
5 Along the Shores of New England
6 The First Letter