|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
"My sister's interest may account for my being anxious to learn
something of Sir Philip Forester's motions; about which,
otherwise, I know he would not wish me to concern myself. I have
a brother's safety too to be anxious for."
"You mean Major Falconer, your brother by the mother's side?
What can he possibly have to do with our present agreeable
"You have had words together, Sir Philip," said Lady Bothwell.
"Naturally; we are connections," replied Sir Philip, "and as such
have always had the usual intercourse."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
though he think not so. Hush! Let me speak, and you shall learn. Oh, John,
my friend, we are in awful straits. I fear, as I never feared before.
We can only trust the good God. Silence! Here she comes!"
I thought that the Professor was going to break down and have hysterics,
just as he had when Lucy died, but with a great effort he controlled
himself and was at perfect nervous poise when Mrs. Harker tripped
into the room, bright and happy looking and, in the doing of work,
seemingly forgetful of her misery. As she came in, she handed a number
of sheets of typewriting to Van Helsing. He looked over them gravely,
his face brightening up as he read.
Then holding the pages between his finger and thumb he said,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Off on a Comet by Jules Verne:
onwards to the south, and had reached the Gulf of Cabes; and how she had
ascertained for certain that the Sahara Sea had no longer an existence.
The smile of disdain again crossed the colonel's face;
he could not conceal his opinion that such a destiny for the work
of a Frenchman could be no matter of surprise.
"Our next discovery," continued the count, "was that a new coast
had been upheaved right along in front of the coast of Tripoli,
the geological formation of which was altogether strange, and which
extended to the north as far as the proper place of Malta."
"And Malta," cried Servadac, unable to control himself any longer;
"Malta--town, forts, soldiers, governor, and all--has vanished
|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 Agesilaus by Xenophon:
against the coming summer be alert to confront the foe.
 Or, "But to pass on, he was already, may be, eighty years of age,
when it came under his observation. . . ."
 This same Tachos.
 See "Hell." VII. i. 36; iv. 9.
 I.e. "the army under Nectanebos." See Diod. xv. 92; Plut. "Ages."
xxxvii. (Clough, iv. 44 foll.)
 I.e. "Nectanebos and a certain Mendesian."
Such, then, is the chronicle of this man's achievements, or of such of
them as were wrought in the presence of a thousand witnesses. Being of