|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
beneath the eye of a sentry."
I could not understand the necessity for such an enormous
force of armed men about a spot so surrounded by mystery
and superstition that not a soul upon Barsoom would have
dared to approach it even had they known its exact location.
I questioned Thuvia, asking her what enemies the therns could
fear in their impregnable fortress.
We had reached the doorway now and Thuvia was opening it.
"They fear the black pirates of Barsoom, O Prince," she
said, "from whom may our first ancestors preserve us."
The door swung open; the smell of growing things greeted
The Gods of Mars
|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 Koran:
people had made and that which they had piled. And with the children
of Israel we passed across the sea; and they came unto a people
devoted to their idols, and said, 'O Moses! make for us a god as
they have gods.' Said he, 'Verily, ye are ignorant people.' Verily,
these- destroyed shall be that which they are given to; and vain is
that which they have done.
He said, 'Other than God then do ye crave for a god, when He has
preferred you above the worlds?'
And when we saved you from Pharaoh's people who wrought you evil
woe, killing your sons, and letting your women live; and in that was a
mighty trial from your Lord.