|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Yates Pride by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
himself had not changed. A few layers of flesh and a change of
color-cells do not make another man. He had always been a simple,
sincere, friendly soul, beloved of men and women alike, and he
was that now. Eudora held out her hand, and her eyes fell before
the eyes of the man, in an absurd fashion for such a stately
creature as she. But the man himself acted like a great happy
"Hullo, Eudora," he said again.
"Hullo," said she, falteringly.
It was inconceivable that they should meet in such wise after the
years of separation and longing which they had both undergone;
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
to them knowledge, through mutual envy. But whoso disbelieves in God's
signs, truly God is quick at reckoning up.
And if they would dispute with thee, then say, 'I turn my face
with resignation unto God, and whoso follows me.'
And say to those who have been given the Book, unto the Gentiles,
'Are ye, too, resigned' and if they are resigned, then are they
guided. But if they turn their backs, then thou hast only to preach,
and God looks on his servants.
Verily, those who disbelieve in God's signs, and kill the prophets
without right, and kill those from among men, who bid what is just,-
to them give the glad tidings of grievous woe! These are they whose
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie:
Then I wrote my letter to Mr. Carter and rang up Sir James.
Taking him into my confidence would be the best thing either way,
so I told him everything except where I believed the papers to be
hidden. The way he helped me to get on the track of Tuppence and
Annette almost disarmed me, but not quite. I kept my mind open
between the two of them. And then I got a bogus note from
Tuppence--and I knew!"
Tommy took the note in question from his pocket and passed it
round the table.
"It's her handwriting all right, but I knew it wasn't from her
|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 Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy:
'What are we to do now?'
'We must go straight on, that's all. We shall come out
somewhere--if not at Zakharova, then at the proprietor's farm,'
Vasili Andreevich agreed, and drove as Nikita had indicated.
So they went on for a considerable time. At times they came
onto bare fields and the sledge-runners rattled over frozen
lumps of earth. Sometimes they got onto a winter-rye field, or
a fallow field on which they could see stalks of wormwood, and
straws sticking up through the snow and swaying in the wind;
sometimes they came onto deep and even white snow, above which
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