|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Vendetta by Honore de Balzac:
The destiny of the pair was then and there decided. Ginevra foresaw a
cruel struggle, but the idea of abandoning Luigi--an idea which may
have floated in her soul--vanished completely. His forever, she
dragged him suddenly, with a desperate sort of energy, from her
father's house, and did not leave him till she saw him reach the house
where Servin had engaged a modest lodging.
By the time she reached home, Ginevra had attained to that serenity
which is caused by a firm resolution; no sign in her manner betrayed
uneasiness. She turned on her father and mother, whom she found in the
act of sitting down to dinner, a glance of exceeding gentleness devoid
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
he giggled aloud like a venturesome schoolgirl at a picnic.
CHAPTER IX. Glorious Conclusion of Michael Finsbury's Holiday
I know Michael Finsbury personally; my business--I know the
awkwardness of having such a man for a lawyer--still it's an old
story now, and there is such a thing as gratitude, and, in short,
my legal business, although now (I am thankful to say) of quite a
placid character, remains entirely in Michael's hands. But the
trouble is I have no natural talent for addresses; I learn one
for every man--that is friendship's offering; and the friend who
subsequently changes his residence is dead to me, memory refusing
to pursue him. Thus it comes about that, as I always write to
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith:
"Now ye can go back an' tell Dan McGaw an' the balance of yer
two-dollar loafers that there ain't a dollar owin' on any horse in
my stable, an' that I've earned everything I've got without a man
round to help 'cept those I pays wages to. An' ye can tell 'em,
too, that I'll hire who I please, an' pay 'em what they oughter
git; an' I'll do me own haulin' an' unloadin' fer nothin' if it
suits me. When ye said ye were a walkin' delegate ye spoke God's
truth. Ye'd be a ridin' delegate if ye could; but there's one
thing ye'll niver be, an' that's a workin' delegate, as long as ye
kin find fools to pay ye wages fer bummin' round day 'n' night.
If I had me way, ye would walk, but it would be on yer uppers, wid
|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 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
but so it was not to be.
On Sunday morning Jerry was cleaning me in the yard,
when Polly stepped up to him, looking very full of something.
"What is it?" said Jerry.
"Well, my dear," she said, "poor Dinah Brown has just had a letter brought
to say that her mother is dangerously ill, and that she must go directly
if she wishes to see her alive. The place is more than ten miles away
from here, out in the country, and she says if she takes the train
she should still have four miles to walk; and so weak as she is,
and the baby only four weeks old, of course that would be impossible;
and she wants to know if you would take her in your cab,