|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a
Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round
Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up
in a minute;
Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' livin'
Within the walls there's got t' be some babies
born, and then
A Heap O' Livin'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
HERODE. Peut-etre qu'il est ivre du vin de Dieu!
HERODIAS. Quel vin est-ce, le vin de Dieu? De quelles vignes
vient-il? Dans quel pressoir peut-on le trouver?
HERODE. [Il ne quitte plus Salome du regard.] Tigellin, quand tu
as ete e Rome dernierement, est-ce que l'empereur t'a parle au sujet
. . .?
TIGELLIN. A quel sujet, Seigneur?
HERODE. A quel sujet? Ah! je vous ai adresse une question, n'est-
ce pas? J'ai oublie ce que je voulais savoir.
HERODIAS. Vous regardez encore ma fille. Il ne faut pas la
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The First Men In The Moon by H. G. Wells:
females, women 'workers' as it were, who in some cases possess brains of
almost masculine dimensions."
Just at this point, unhappily, this message broke off. Fragmentary and
tantalising as the matter constituting this chapter is, it does
nevertheless give a vague, broad impression of an altogether strange and
wonderful world - a world with which our own may have to reckon we know
not how speedily. This intermittent trickle of messages, this whispering
of a record needle in the stillness of the mountain slopes, is the first
warning of such a change in human conditions as mankind has scarcely
imagined heretofore. In that satellite of ours there are new elements, new
appliances, traditions, an overwhelming avalanche of new ideas, a strange
The First Men In The Moon
|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 Democracy In America, Volume 2 by Alexis de Toqueville:
equality which originates in democracy. No state of society or
laws can render men so much alike, but that education, fortune,
and tastes will interpose some differences between them; and,
though different men may sometimes find it their interest to
combine for the same purposes, they will never make it their
pleasure. They will therefore always tend to evade the
provisions of legislation, whatever they may be; and departing in
some one respect from the circle within which they were to be
bounded, they will set up, close by the great political
community, small private circles, united together by the
similitude of their conditions, habits, and manners.