|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
whom you found aboard of the Lima ship. And had you known as much
of him as I do, or as Mr. Oxenham did either, you had cut him up
for shark's bait, or ever you let the cur ashore again.
"Well, sirs, as soon as the lady came to shore, that old man ran
upon her sword in hand, and would have slain her, but some there
held him back. On which he turned to, and reviled with every foul
and spiteful word which he could think of, so that some there bade
him be silent for shame; and Mr. Oxenham said, 'It is worthy of
you, Don Francisco, thus to trumpet abroad your own disgrace. Did
I not tell you years ago that you were a cur; and are you not
proving my words for me?'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Historical Lecturers and Essays by Charles Kingsley:
of Demosthenes and Cicero. Wherever the scholar's steps were
turned, he might be master of others, as long as he was master of
himself. The complaints which he so often uttered concerning the
cruelty of fortune, the fickleness of princes and so forth, were
probably no more just then than such complaints are now. Then, as
now, he got his deserts; and the world bought him at his own price.
If he chose to sell himself to this patron and to that, he was used
and thrown away: if he chose to remain in honourable independence,
he was courted and feared.
Among the successful scholars of the sixteenth century, none surely
is more notable than George Buchanan. The poor Scotch widow's son,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
"There IS something a little stately in him, to be sure," replied her
aunt, "but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can
now say with the housekeeper, that though some people may
call him proud, _I_ have seen nothing of it."
"I was never more surprised than by his behaviour to us. It was
more than civil; it was really attentive; and there was no necessity
for such attention. His acquaintance with Elizabeth was very
"To be sure, Lizzy," said her aunt, "he is not so handsome as
Wickham; or, rather, he has not Wickham's countenance, for
his features are perfectly good. But how came you to tell me
Pride and Prejudice
|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 Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
attempted at other times was never to his satisfaction, though he
courted his fancy never so much."
In the year 1665 "Paradise Lost" was completed, but no steps
were taken towards its publication, as the author, in company
with his neighbours, fled from the dreaded plague. The following
year the citizens were harassed by losses sustained from the
great fire, so that Milton did not seek to dispose of his poem
until 1667; when, on the 27th of April, it was sold to Samuel
Simmons, a publisher residing in Aldersgate Street. The
agreement entered into stated Milton should receive an immediate
payment of five pounds, with the stipulation that he should be