|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:
in United States, gi. Bookworms' progress through books, 84.--
race by, 86.
Bosses on books, 135.
Boys injuring books, 139.
--in library, story of, 140.
Brighton, black letter fragments, 59.
British Museum, Boccaccio's -Fall of Princes, 61.
British Museum free from the "worm," 83.
-burnt book exhibited at, I I.
Brown spots in books, 24.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
making much progress. We can't afford to hang up the drive, and the
water is going down every day. We've got to have more water. I'll
tell you what we'll do: If you'll let us cut down the new sill,
we'll replace it in good shape when we get all our logs through."
"No, sir!" promptly vetoed the old man.
"Well, we'll give you something for the privilege. What do you
think is fair?"
"I tell ye I'll give you your legal rights, and not a cent more,"
replied the old man, still quietly, but with quivering nostrils.
"What is your name?" asked Orde.
"My name is Reed, sir."
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
feasted and revelled with them, partly since I must, or bring them
to a miserable death because they failed to please me, and partly
that I might drown my terrors in drink and pleasure, for let it be
remembered that the days left to me on earth were few, and the
awful end drew near.
The day following the celebration of my marriage was that of the
shameless massacre of six hundred of the Aztec nobles by the order
of the hidalgo Alvarado, whom Cortes had left in command of the
Spaniards. For at this time Cortes was absent in the coast lands,
whither he had gone to make war on Narvaez, who had been sent to
subdue him by his enemy Velasquez, the governor of Cuba.
|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 The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells:
associates with aristocracy--at the end only its ideals of
fearlessness and generosity remained.
Of all these titles THE ARISTOCRATIC LIFE seemed at first most like
a clue to White. Benham's erratic movements, his sudden impulses,
his angers, his unaccountable patiences, his journeys to strange
places, and his lapses into what had seemed to be pure
adventurousness, could all be put into system with that. Before
White had turned over three pages of the great fascicle of
manuscript that was called Book Two, he had found the word "Bushido"
written with a particularly flourishing capital letter and twice
repeated. "That was inevitable," said White with the comforting