|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Cromwell by William Shakespeare:
I am very sorry that my haste is such.
Lord Marquess Dorset being sick to death,
I must receive of him the privy seal.
At Lambeth, soon, my Lord, we'll talk our fill.
[Exit the train.]
How smooth and easy is the way to death!
[Enter a servant.]
My Lord, the dukes of Norfolk and of Suffolk,
Accompanied with the Bishop of Winchester,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Kelmar's fancy. He first proposed that we should "camp
someveres around, ain't it?" waving his hand cheerily as
though to weave a spell; and when that was firmly rejected,
he decided that we must take up house with the Hansons. Mrs.
Hanson had been, from the first, flustered, subdued, and a
little pale; but from this proposition she recoiled with
haggard indignation. So did we, who would have preferred, in
a manner of speaking, death. But Kelmar was not to be put
by. He edged Mrs. Hanson into a corner, where for a long
time he threatened her with his forefinger, like a character
in Dickens; and the poor woman, driven to her entrenchments,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Of The Nature of Things by Lucretius:
Than that dispersed clamour of the cranes
Among the southwind's aery clouds. Do thou
Give me sharp ears and a sagacious mind,-
That thou mayst not deny the things to be
Whereof I'm speaking, nor depart away
With bosom scorning these the spoken truths,
Thyself at fault unable to perceive.
Sleep chiefly comes when energy of soul
Hath now been scattered through the frame, and part
Expelled abroad and gone away, and part
Crammed back and settling deep within the frame-
Of The Nature of Things
|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 Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
had, her freedom and her love, and they would
The next morning Silas Hempstead, urged by his
daughters, walked solemnly over to the next house,
but he derived little satisfaction. Annie did not
absolutely refuse to speak. She had begun to realize
that carrying out her resolution to the extreme letter
was impossible. But she said as little as she could.
"I have come over here to live for the present.
I am of age, and have a right to consult my own
wishes. My decision is unalterable." Having said