|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers by Jonathan Swift:
up, to open at such a time, after which they were at liberty to
read them; and there they found my predictions true in every
article, except one or two, very minute.
As for the few following predictions I now offer the world, I
forbore to publish them till I had perused the several almanacks
for the year we are now enter'd on. I find them in all the usual
strain, and I beg the reader will compare their manner with mine:
And here I make bold to tell the world, that I lay the whole
credit of my art upon the truth of these predictions; and I will
be content, that Partridge, and the rest of his clan, may hoot me
for a cheat and impostor, if I fail in any singular particular of
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman:
have just ridden off.'
'Yes,' I answered with a touch of bitterness. 'I wish that they
had not shot my poor man before they went.'
He shrugged his shoulders.
'They were my friends,' he said. 'You must not expect me to
blame them. But that is not all, M. de Berault.'
'No,' I said, wiping my sword. 'There is this gentleman in the
mask.' And I turned to go towards him.
'M. de Berault!' Cocheforet called after me, his tone strained
I stood. 'Pardon?' I said, turning,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
At last the fear struck man found his tongue, and,
though his eyes never left the menacing figure of the
grim, iron-clad outlaw, he addressed the master of
Leybourn; shrieking in a high, awe emasculated fal-
"Seize him! Kill him! Set your men upon him!
Do you wish to live another moment draw and de-
fend yourselves for he be the Devil of Torn, and
there be a great price upon his head.
"Oh, save me, save me! for he has come to kill me,"
he ended in a pitiful wail.
The Outlaw of Torn
|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 Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
Though parcell of my selfe: Then from this gather
How I should tender you.
I am in labour
To push your name, your auncient love, our kindred
Out of my memory; and i'th selfe same place
To seate something I would confound: So hoyst we
The sayles, that must these vessells port even where
The heavenly Lymiter pleases.
You speake well;