|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
And if you can love, end this difference.
I give consent; are you content too, Princes?
With all our soules.
He that she refuses
Must dye, then.
Any death thou canst invent, Duke.
If I fall from that mouth, I fall with favour,
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad:
all the attention he's likely to need. I will have
to be forward in the galley a great part of my
Ransome was the cook. The mate had pointed
him out to me the first day, standing on the deck,
his arms crossed on his broad chest, gazing on the
Even at a distance his well-proportioned figure,
something thoroughly sailor-like in his poise, made
him noticeable. On nearer view the intelligent,
quiet eyes, a well-bred face, the disciplined in-
The Shadow Line
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield:
At that Isabel wheeled round quickly and faced him.
"Oh, William!" she cried imploringly, and she held up the hair-brush:
"Please! Please don't be so dreadfully stuffy and--tragic. You're always
saying or looking or hinting that I've changed. Just because I've got to
know really congenial people, and go about more, and am frightfully keen
on--on everything, you behave as though I'd--" Isabel tossed back her hair
and laughed--"killed our love or something. It's so awfully absurd"--she
bit her lip--"and it's so maddening, William. Even this new house and the
servants you grudge me."
"Yes, yes, it's true in a way," said Isabel quickly. "You think they are
|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 Octopus by Frank Norris:
The soup, puree a la Derby, was served, and at the same time, as
hors d'oeuvres, ortolan patties, together with a tiny sandwich
made of browned toast and thin slices of ham, sprinkled over with
Parmesan cheese. The wine, so Mrs. Gerard caused it to be
understood, was Xeres, of the 1815 vintage.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Mrs. Hooven crossed the avenue. It was growing late. Without
knowing it, she had come to a part of the city that experienced
beggars shunned. There was nobody about. Block after block of
residences stretched away on either hand, lighted, full of
people. But the sidewalks were deserted.