|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
way to avert this?' and thou mayest see them exposed to it, humbled
with abasement, looking with a stealthy glance. And those who
believe shall say, 'Verily, the losers are they who have lost
themselves and their families too upon the resurrection day!' Ay,
verily, the unjust are in lasting torment!
And they shall have no patrons to help them beside God, and
whomsoever God leads astray, there is no way for him.
Assent to your Lord before the day comes of which there is no
averting from God; there is no refuge for you on that day; and for you
there is no denial.
But if they turn aside, we have not sent thee to them as a guardian,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Heart of the West by O. Henry:
half-inch rope and a live-oak tree.
These guardians of the cow lounged about, each with a brown cigarette
paper in his hand, and gently but unceasingly cursed Sam Revell, the
storekeeper. Sam stood in the door, snapping the red elastic bands on
his pink madras shirtsleeves and looking down affectionately at the
only pair of tan shoes within a forty-mile radius. His offence had
been serious, and he was divided between humble apology and admiration
for the beauty of his raiment. He had allowed the ranch stock of
"smoking" to become exhausted.
"I thought sure there was another case of it under the counter, boys,"
he explained. "But it happened to be catterdges."
Heart of the West
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Dust by Mr. And Mrs. Haldeman-Julius:
circumstances. True, however hard and adverse they might prove,
she could adapt herself to them with rare patience and dignity,
but never would she be able to compel them to her will, rise
superbly above them, toss them aside. Her life had been, and
would be, shaped largely by others. Her mother's death, the
particular enterprise in which her father's little capital had
been invested, Martin's peculiar temperament --these had moulded
and were moulding Rose Wade. At the time she came to Martin's
shack, she was potentially any one of a half dozen women. It was
inevitable that the particular one into which she would evolve
should be determined by the type of man she might happen to
|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 A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
--never were such inflicted, save by one, beside thee. HE, they
say, is fated and secure against our vengeance--a short time will
"My Lord Menteith," said Sir Duncan, raising himself out of his
bed, "this is a proclaimed villain, at once the enemy of King and
Parliament, of God and man--one of the outlawed banditti of the
Mist; alike the enemy of your house, of the M'Aulays, and of
mine. I trust you will not suffer moments, which are perhaps my
last, to be embittered by his barbarous triumph."
"He shall have the treatment he merits," said Menteith; "let him
be instantly removed."