|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Red Seal by Natalie Sumner Lincoln:
Brewster. "Weren't you on the way to the bank?"
"I was," admitted Kent. "But I can see Mr. Clymer later in the day."
"And I'll be less occupied then," added Clymer. " Go with Mrs.
Brewster, Kent; good morning, madam," and with a courtly bow Clymer
Kent's office was only around the corner, and as Mrs. Brewster
kept up a running fire of impersonal gossip, Kent had no
opportunity to satisfy his curiosity regarding her reasons for
wanting to interview him. As the limousine drew up at the curb in
front of his office, a man darting down the steps of the building,
caught sight of Kent and hurried to the car window.
The Red Seal
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare:
'When thou impressest, what are precepts worth
Of stale example? When thou wilt inflame,
How coldly those impediments stand forth,
Of wealth, of filial fear, law, kindred, fame!
Love's arms are peace, 'gainst rule, 'gainst sense, 'gainst
And sweetens, in the suffering pangs it bears,
The aloes of all forces, shocks and fears.
'Now all these hearts that do on mine depend,
Feeling it break, with bleeding groans they pine,
And supplicant their sighs to your extend,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
choosing the easier part, not the better and manlier, which would have been
more becoming in one who professes to care for virtue in all his actions,
like yourself. And indeed, I am ashamed not only of you, but of us who are
your friends, when I reflect that the whole business will be attributed
entirely to our want of courage. The trial need never have come on, or
might have been managed differently; and this last act, or crowning folly,
will seem to have occurred through our negligence and cowardice, who might
have saved you, if we had been good for anything; and you might have saved
yourself, for there was no difficulty at all. See now, Socrates, how sad
and discreditable are the consequences, both to us and you. Make up your
mind then, or rather have your mind already made up, for the time of
|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 Prince of Bohemia by Honore de Balzac:
Palferine have brought about a rupture between the Marquis and Mme.
Schontz, and they mean to make it up between Arthur and Beatrix."
1839 - 1845.
The following personages appear in other stories of the Human Comedy.
The Atheist's Mass
The Commission in Lunacy