|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
beautiful things, and got Ewart to talk to me of love; and I made
a great story out of the doll's house, a story that, taken over
into Ewart's hands, speedily grew to an island doll's city all
One of the dolls, I privately decided, was like Beatrice.
One other holiday there was when I saw something of her--oddly
enough my memory of that second holiday in which she played a
part is vague--and then came a gap of a year, and then my
Now I sit down to write my story and tell over again things in
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Cromwell by William Shakespeare:
My Lord, there dwells within that spirit
More than can be discerned by outward eye.
Sir Christopher, will you part with your man?
I have sought to profer him to your Lordship,
And now I see he hath prefered himself.
What is thy name?
Cromwell, my Lord.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Straight Deal by Owen Wister:
the time when it was written. A second volume could be added now.
I have dwelt upon this matter here for a very definite reason, closely
connected with my main purpose. It's a favorite trick of our anti-British
friends to call England a "land-grabber." The way in which England has
grabbed land right along, all over the world, is monstrous, they say.
England has stolen what belonged to whites, and blacks, and bronzes, and
yellows, wherever she could lay her hands upon it, they say. England is a
criminal. They repeat this with great satisfaction, this land-grabbing
indictment. Most of them know little or nothing of the facts, couldn't
tell you the history of a single case. But what are the facts to the man
who asks, "What has England done in this war, anyway?" The word
|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 Tanach:
1_Chronicles 4: 32 And their villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities;
1_Chronicles 4: 33 and all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and they have their genealogy.
1_Chronicles 4: 34 And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah;
1_Chronicles 4: 35 and Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel;
1_Chronicles 4: 36 and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshoaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah;
1_Chronicles 4: 37 and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;
1_Chronicles 4: 38 these mentioned by name were princes in their families; and their fathers' houses increased greatly.
1_Chronicles 4: 39 And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
1_Chronicles 4: 40 And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they that dwelt there aforetime were of Ham.
1_Chronicles 4: 41 And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the Meunim that were found there, and destroyed them utterly, unto this day, and dwelt in their stead; because there was pasture there for their flocks.