|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas:
shall give the word of command to advance."
"Here is the order!" a hundred insolent voices answered at
He took it in amazement, cast a rapid glance on it, and said
quite aloud, --
"Those who have signed this order are the real murderers of
Cornelius de Witt. I would rather have my two hands cut off
than have written one single letter of this infamous order."
And, pushing back with the hilt of his sword the man who
wanted to take it from him, he added, --
"Wait a minute, papers like this are of importance, and are
The Black Tulip
|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 Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
to pack his travelling-trunk; he did part of it himself. During that
time the Englishman, who said he would go into the park and smoke,
asked me privately where he could go to write a letter without
monsieur seeing him. I took him to my room; but I did not dare
question him about this journey, for I never saw any one with such
forbidding and uncommunicative manners. By the time the letter was
written monsieur was ready, and without giving me any explanation they
both got into the Englishman's carriage, and I heard one of them say
to the coachman, 'Paris.'"
"What became of the letter?" asked Sallenauve.
"It is there in my room, where the Englishman gave it me secretly. It