|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
the manufacture of the article.
(1) 'This paper was written in collaboration with James
Waiter Ferrier, and if reprinted this is to be stated, though
his principal collaboration was to lie back in an easy-chair
and laugh.' - [R.L.S., Oct. 25, 1894.]
CHAPTER V - THE PHILOSOPHY OF NOMENCLATURE
'How many Caesars and Pompeys, by mere inspirations of the
names, have been rendered worthy of them? And how many are
there, who might have done exceeding well in the world, had
not their characters and spirits been totally depressed and
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Gentle Grafter by O. Henry:
heinous piece of malpractice like this it seems to me that the
straightforward and aboveboard way is the best. I propose,' says I,
'that we hand over $500 of this money to the chairman of the national
campaign committee, get a receipt, lay the receipt on the President's
desk and tell him about Bill. The President is a man who would
appreciate a candidate who went about getting office that way instead
of pulling wires.'
"Andy agreed with me, but after we talked the scheme over with the
hotel clerk we give that plan up. He told us that there was only one
way to get an appointment in Washington, and that was through a lady
lobbyist. He gave us the address of one he recommended, a Mrs. Avery,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
finally quieted the child, holding the little thing in his arms.
But the baby, before that, cried so long and lustily that all the
women in the Glynn house opposite were on the alert, and also
some of the friends who were calling there. Abby Simson was one.
"Harry Lawton has been there over an hour now," said Abby, while
the wailing continued, "and I know as well as I want to that
there will be a wedding."
"I wonder he doesn't object to that adopted baby," said Julia
"I know one thing," said Abby Simson. "It must be a boy baby, it
|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 Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott:
as his needy brother, whose necessities compel him to assume the
These reflections have been suggested by an annunciation on the
part of Janet, "that the little Gillie-whitefoot was come from
"Gillie-blackfoot you should call him, Janet," was my response,
"for he is neither more nor less than an imp of the devil, come
to torment me for COPY, for so the printers call a supply of
manuscript for the press."
"Now, Cot forgie your honour," said Janet; "for it is no like
your ainsell to give such names to a faitherless bairn."