|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
am directed, let me ask you, according to your promise, to
imitate my frankness.'
'I have heard you,' replied the other, 'with great interest.'
'With singular patience,' said the prince politely.
'Ay, your highness, and with unlooked-for sympathy,' returned
the young man. 'I know not how to tell the change that has
befallen me. You have, I must suppose, a charm, to which
even your enemies are subject.' He looked at the clock on
the mantelpiece and visibly blanched. 'So late!' he cried.
'Your highness - God knows I am now speaking from the heart -
before it be too late, leave this house!'
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
the cavalier who was to accompany him was waiting in readiness,
and that all was prepared for his return to Inverary. Sir Duncan
Campbell rose up very indignantly; the affront which this message
implied immediately driving out of his recollection the
sensibility which had been awakened by the music.
"I little expected this," he said, looking indignantly at Angus
M'Aulay. "I little thought that there was a Chief in the West
Highlands, who, at the pleasure of a Saxon, would have bid the
Knight of Ardenvohr leave his castle, when the sun was declining
from the meridian, and ere the second cup had been filled. But
farewell, sir, the food of a churl does not satisfy the appetite;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from U. S. Project Trinity Report by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer:
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|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 Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling:
happy where she was.
When travellers--there were not many in those years--came to
Kotgarth, Lispeth used to lock herself into her own room for fear
they might take her away to Simla, or somewhere out into the
One day, a few months after she was seventeen years old, Lispeth
went out for a walk. She did not walk in the manner of English
ladies--a mile and a half out, and a ride back again. She covered
between twenty and thirty miles in her little constitutionals, all
about and about, between Kotgarth and Narkunda. This time she came
back at full dusk, stepping down the breakneck descent into