|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Master Key by L. Frank Baum:
clearly, and then watched the changing expressions upon the great
man's face; first indifference, then interest, the next moment
eagerness and amazement.
"MON DIEU!" he gasped; "the Orleanists!"
"Yes; they've worked up a rather pretty plot, haven't they?"
The President did not reply. He was anxiously watching the Record and
scribbling notes on a paper beside him. His face was pale and his
lips tightly compressed.
Finally he leaned back in his chair and asked:
"Can you reproduce this scene again?"
The Master Key
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke:
Indeed, I have promised not to judge, not to speak of it, until a
certain time. Are you satisfied?"
"This is a curious story," said he, "and I am puzzled by
it. But I trust you, I agree to wait, though I am far from
Our second expedition was appointed for the following
Saturday. Keene was hungry for it, and I was almost as eager,
desiring to penetrate as quickly as possible into the heart of
the affair. Already a conviction in regard to it was pressing
upon me, and I resolved to let him talk, this time, as freely
as he would, without interruption or denial.
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The White Moll by Frank L. Packard:
"Go on, yourself! I'm waiting for you to get through your speech."
He moved brusquely past her, with an angry grunt. Rhoda Gray
followed him. They passed along a short, narrow space, evidently
between a low counter and a shelved wall, and then the man opened
a door, and, shutting it again behind them, moved forward once more.
She could scarcely see him at all now; it was more the sound of his
footsteps than anything else that guided her. And then suddenly
another door was opened, and a soft, yellow light streamed out
through the doorway, and she found that she was standing in an
intervening room between the shop and the room ahead of her. She
felt her pulse quicken, and it seemed as though her heart began to
|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 Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey:
stone walls won't save them."
"Wal, hev it your way, Bern. I hope you're right. Nat'rully I've
been some sore on Lassiter fer gittin' soft. But I ain't denyin'
his nerve, or whatever's great in him thet sort of paralyzes
people. No later 'n this mornin' I seen him saunterin' down the
lane, quiet an' slow. An' like his guns he comes black--black,
thet's Lassiter. Wal, the crowd on the corner never batted an
eye, en' I'll gamble my hoss thet there wasn't one who hed a
heartbeat till Lassiter got by. He went in Snell's saloon, an' as
there wasn't no gun play I had to go in, too. An' there, darn my
pictures, if Lassiter wasn't standin' to the bar, drinking en'
Riders of the Purple Sage