|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith:
to the whaling-ground in the Arctic seas. On this last voyage, in
a gale of wind, he had saved all the lives aboard a brig, the crew
helpless from scurvy. When the lifeboat reached the lee of her
stern, Carl at the risk of his life climbed aboard, caught a line,
and lowered the men, one by one, into the rescuing yawl. He could
with perfect equanimity have faced another storm and rescued a
second crew any hour of the day or night, but he could not face a
woman's displeasure. Moreover, what Tom wanted done was law to
Carl. She had taken him out of the streets and given him a home.
He would serve her in whatever way she wished as long as he lived.
He and Gran'pop were fast friends. On rainy days, or when work
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
"You want to be my target, do you?" he demanded, tugging
ferociously at his long mustache.
"If you please, seh."
The fellow swore a vile oath. "Just as you say. Line up beside
the other kid."
With three strides Bucky reached the wall, and turned.
"Let 'er go," his gentle voice murmured.
He was leaning back easily against the wall, his thumb hitched
carelessly in the revolver pocket of his worn leather chaps. He
looked at ease, every jaunty inch of him, but a big bronzed
cattleman who had just pushed his way in noticed that the frosty
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Silas Marner by George Eliot:
wife, now, can't smell, not if she'd the strongest o' cheese under
her nose. I never see'd a ghost myself; but then I says to myself,
"Very like I haven't got the smell for 'em." I mean, putting a
ghost for a smell, or else contrairiways. And so, I'm for holding
with both sides; for, as I say, the truth lies between 'em. And if
Dowlas was to go and stand, and say he'd never seen a wink o'
Cliff's Holiday all the night through, I'd back him; and if anybody
said as Cliff's Holiday was certain sure, for all that, I'd back
_him_ too. For the smell's what I go by."
The landlord's analogical argument was not well received by the
farrier--a man intensely opposed to compromise.
|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 Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
So, presently, he said aloud, "O holy father, wilt thou not take
a good pot of March beer to slake thy thirsty soul withal?"
But Stutely shook his head silently, for he said to himself,
"Maybe there be those here who know my voice."
Then the constable said again, "Whither goest thou, holy friar,
upon this hot summer's day?"
"I go a pilgrim to Canterbury Town," answered Will Stutely,
speaking gruffly, so that none might know his voice.
Then the constable said, for the third time, "Now tell me,
holy father, do pilgrims to Canterbury wear good Lincoln green
beneath their robes? Ha! By my faith, I take thee to be
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood